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Former Waste Management employee released from jail after serving sentence

A former Waste Management employee convicted of embezzling money from his business was released from jail Friday, July 28, authorities said.

Randal Lee Gassaway, 31, received a year in jail and five years’ probation for convictions on two counts of grand theft by embezzlement and five counts of falsifying records. He also must pay $120,000 in restitution, District Attorney Cliff Newell said.

“He had quite a lot of pre-conviction time in jail,” the prosecutor added.

A jury in January found that Gassaway had falsified invoices between 2012 and 2014 for recyclables at the McCourtney Road Transfer Station, Newell said.

Authorities after his conviction took Gassaway to a facility where officials conducted a threat assessment. They determined he posed no threat to the community, could serve the remainder of his sentence in a jail and was formally sentenced on June 30, the prosecutor said.

Gassaway on that date already had served much of his sentence.

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According to Newell, Gassaway was accused of pocketing money from false recycling reports.

“There weren’t any customers — he was falsifying bills, as if someone were bringing in recyclables,” he said.