LAFAYETTE, La. (KPEL) -- A Lafayette judge has sentenced a Church Point man to four years of house arrest after he pleaded guilty to forging waste tire manifests and then submitting them to the Department of Environmental Quality.

DEQ spokesperson Tim Beckstrom says 55-year-old Majella Green was arrested in February 2011 and May 2012.

"In both instances," Beckstrom says, "Green knowingly collected used tires from unregistered waste tire generators and marked them as eligible from registered generators on waste tire manifests."

Beckstrom says these forged manifests ultimately ended up in the hands of DEQ through Colt Tire, a waste tire processor who unknowingly accepted the manifests and processed them.

Colt Tire was cleared of wrongdoing by DEQ, Beckstrom says.

"Employees of Colt were unaware that the tires were ineligible and that Green forged the manifests," Beckstrom says. "DEQ's Waste Tire Management Fund was ultimately impacted when Colt sought reimbursement from DEQ for processing tires that were unknowingly ineligible."