Twenty months in a federal prison for bribery and kickbacks was the sentence handed down yesterday by a Federal Court judge to a former Boeing military procurement officer. The scheme involved insider pricing on military aircraft parts.
Deon Anderson, 48, of St. Louis, Missouri, was employed by the Boeing Defense Space and Security Division. He was found guilty after previously pleading guilty to conspiring with prospective Boeing defense subcontractors in three Western states. He was convicted on three felony counts of mail fraud, along with a single count of felony wire fraud. He was also convicted on a felony count of “currency structuring” or financial fraud by money laundering.
The prospective Boeing subcontractors Anderson had dealings with were located in Nevada, Washington State, and California. Two have already been sentenced to 18 months and 15 months in federal prison. The third contractor has pleaded guilty; a sentence in that plea-deal is expected soon. Each count of mail and wire fraud carried a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and/or fines up to $250,000.
Exact details were not released, but Anderson is said to have used coded language to leak proprietary information regarding bids and pricing on the military aircraft parts. In return, Anderson received cash paybacks. It is not known how federal agencies were alerted to the fraudulent behavior.
Jeffrey Lavelle, owner and operator of J. L. Manufacturing, in Everett, Washington, pleaded guilty in July of this year to multiple counts of mail and wire fraud in connection with this case. Inland Empire and Associates, Inc., located in Las Vegas, Nevada, is engaged in consulting to various defense aircraft manufacturers, including J.L. Manufacturing. According to an FBI release in July, Robert Diaz, Jr. was the owner and operator of Inland Empire, and personally consulted to J. L. Manufacturing and Jeffrey Lavelle relative to numerous Boeing sub-contracts.
Globe Dynamics International, Inc., Santa Ana, California, was also a sub-contractor to Boeing on numerous United States government contracts. William Boozer, owner and operator of Globe Dynamics was the other party implicated in this case.
This case was investigated by multiple agencies including the Defense Criminal Investigative Service, FBI, NASA-Office of Inspector General, Air Force Office of Special Investigations, Navy Criminal Investigative Service, and the IRS- Criminal Investigations unit.
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