Government Fraud Waste & Abuse
Indictments, Convictions & Plea Deals
Two Men Plead Guilty in U.S. Department of State Contracting Fraud Scheme and Contractor Cover-Up
JUNE 12, 2015
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Tony Chandler, 68, of Severn, Maryland, pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and a conflict of interest related to his conduct as a U.S. Department of State contracting officer’s representative. In a related case, Curtis L. Wrenn, Jr., 60, of Triangle, Virginia, formerly the president of a contractor performing under Chandler’s supervision, pleaded guilty today to making a false statement to the State Department by concealing that an internal investigation conducted by the contractor discovered credible information of fraud involving Chandler and Marvin Hulsey, 52, of Stafford, Virginia, one of Wrenn’s employees.
Three People Arrested in Puerto Rico in a Contractor Major Scheme to Defraud the U.S. Department Of Veterans Affairs
On June 3, 2015, a federal grand jury in the District of Puerto Rico returned a five count indictment charging Jose A. Rosa-Colon, his brother and business partner, Ivan Rosa-Colon and Louis Enrique Torres with a multi-million dollar Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) scheme to defraud the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. The charges include major fraud against the United States and wire fraud. This investigation was conducted by Special Agents from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, Office of Inspector General, Criminal Investigations Division.
The indictment unsealed in federal court today alleges that from on or about 2007 to 2014, Ivan Rosa-Colon, Jose Rosa-Colon and Torres conspired to use Jose Rosa-Colon’s service-disabled veteran status to create BELKRO General Contractors, which was a pass- through or front company for Ivan Rosa-Colon’s other business, IRC Air Contractors.
United States Contracting Official Charged with Obstructing a Federal Audit
JUNE 2, 2015
BIRMINGHAM – Federal prosecutors today charged a civilian contract officer working with the U.S. Army Contracting Command at Redstone Arsenal with obstructing an audit by the Department of Defense, Office of Inspector General (DODIG), announced U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance and Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division.
The U.S. Attorney's Office filed a one-count information in U.S. District Court charging TERESA MAYBERRY, 54, of Huntsville, with obstruction of a federal audit. Mayberry created a series of false documents that she provided to DODIG to obstruct its 2012 audit of an Army contract to purchase parts for Russian-made Mi-17 helicopters, according to the charge. Mayberry has entered a plea agreement with the government, also filed today in District Court, in which she acknowledges the charge against her and states her intention to plead guilty.
2 Minnesota Guard members, 1 former member indicted in alleged kickback scam
JUNE 10, 2015
Two members of the Minnesota National Guard and one former Guard member have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Minneapolis for receiving kickbacks as part of a nationwide recruiting scam that plagued the military after it launched a new program to spur recruitment 10 years ago.
Former U.S. Army Specialist Pleads Guilty to Taking a Bribe While Deployed in Afghanistan
JUNE 9, 2015
A former specialist with the U.S. Army pleaded guilty to accepting a bribe from an Afghan truck driver at Forward Operating Base Gardez, Afghanistan (FOB Gardez), in exchange for allowing the driver to take thousands of gallons of fuel from the base for resale on the black market.
Anthony Don Tran, 28, of Stockton, California, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Court Judge Beth L. Freeman of the Northern District of California to one count of bribery of a public official.