As part of a new emphasis on procurement fraud enforcement within the Southern District of Georgia, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Georgia recently prosecuted a series of procurement fraud cases that has recovered more than $7 million for the United States.
Over the past several months, the strike force’s efforts resulted in five guilty pleas and 12 civil settlements, including the following publically available actions:
· United States of America v. Dwayne Fulton
· United States of America v. Calvin Lawyer
· United States of America v. Anthony Roper
· United States of America v. Audra Roper
· United States ex rel. Major Contracting Services, Inc. v. Military Training Solutions, LLC and ADCO Holdings, Inc., et al.
· United States of America v. Robert Obradovich
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, these prosecutions and civil settlements with the named individuals and entities, as well as others, stemmed from a wide variety of fraudulent conduct, including bribery of public officials; illegal kickbacks; illegal arrangements between large contracting companies and certified small or 8(a) businesses acting as “front” companies; and billing for services not rendered.
Each of the individuals who have pleaded guilty awaits sentencing. The total financial recovery for the United States thus far has exceeded $7.4 million, and several of these investigations remain ongoing.
“The Southern District of Georgia is the proud home of several major military installations that serve a vital role both in our national defense and the district’s local economy,” said U.S. Attorney Bobby L. Christine. “Those who do business with these installations should be on notice – ripping off the United States will not be tolerated. This office will bring to bear the full weight of our resources to hold fraudsters accountable.”