Former Waste Management employee released from jail after serving sentence |

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.

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.

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