On February 6, 2018, Andre Bernard was sentenced to 87 months in federal prison in connection with a multi-state scheme to defraud biodiesel buyers and U.S. taxpayers.  According to court documents and his plea colloquy, Bernard and his co-conspirators fraudulently claimed tax credits for already-credited renewable fuels by using a series of false transactions to transform the fuel back into feedstock in order to produce more renewable fuel.  Between March 2013 and March 2014, Bernard and his co-conspirators earned at least $42 million from selling renewable fuel credits that were based on fuel that was never produced, generating $4.3 million in false tax credits. United States v. Bernard, 17-cr-00061 (M.D. Fl.)

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