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A former Occupational Safety and Health Administration employee has been indicted on 10 felony counts after federal prosecutors allege he wrote workplace inspections reports for checks of Nebraska companies that never occurred.

Ricardo Peacock, 37, of Omaha, is accused of knowingly making false statements while serving as a compliance safety and health officer for the agency from Jan. 14, 2015, to March 3, 2016, according to the indictment.

Among the 10 allegedly fabricated reports, prosecutors allege Peacock concocted inspection reports for four Lincoln businesses: the U.S. Postal Service, Walmart, GlaxoSmithKlein and TCW Construction.

The indictment didn't lay out how Peacock's inspections came under criminal investigation.

A spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Labor confirmed only that Peacock doesn't work for OSHA anymore.

The U.S. Attorney's Office didn't return a request for comment.

Peacock is set to make his first court appearance on the charges next month.

If convicted, he faces up to five years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine for each count.

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Riley Johnson reports on breaking news and public safety issues in Lincoln and southeast Nebraska.

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