Former Hanford worker pleads guilty to conspiracy

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YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) -- A former worker at the Hanford nuclear reservation has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to submit false time cards in a scheme that netted him at least $50,000.

U.S. Attorney Michael C. Ormsby said Thursday that 43-year-old Carl Schroeder of Richland, Wash., agreed he was paid at least $50,000 for overtime he did not actually work based on false time cards he submitted between May 2004 and October 2008.

Schroeder pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud the government.

Schroeder worked for CH2M Hill Hanford Inc., a Hanford cleanup contractor. According to court documents, Schroeder pleaded guilty to allegations that he and other CH2M Hill employees for years submitted false time cards.

Ormsby says Schroeder has agreed to continue to assist the investigation into the time card fraud scheme as part of his plea agreement.