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Virginia man indicted on 33 counts

A 54-year-old civilian engineer from Northern Virginia has been indicted on theft and other charges in connection with a plot to benefit from about $10 million from U.S. Navy contracts. And with alleged conspirators working with federal agents, the man should be wary that others will say things to put the heat on him and get it off of themselves.

The man, from South Arlington, Virginia, had worked for the Naval Sea Systems Command. He is alleged to have used his position of overseeing some Navy contracts to urge others to steer kickbacks into third-party accounts for his benefit. The crimes allegedly occurred between 1996 and January 2011.

Also indicted was the man's 80-year-old father. The indictments came after three others connected to the plot pleaded guilty and agreed to work with federal officials. The younger man faces 33 counts that include theft of government funds, bribery, extortion, conspiracy, tax evasion and wire fraud. The father has been charged with three counts of tax evasion.

The investigation started in February 2011, when the younger man and a colleague in another state were arrested. The other man owned a firm that had $120 million in Navy contracts. The firm has since shut down. That original case led to this indictment.

In the current indictment, the Virginia man is alleged to have assisted the out-of-state firm by helping it to gain certain naval contracts. He allegedly threatened to destroy the company's relationship with the Navy if the company did not send money to companies formed by a third man. By 2010, the accounts of the third man were receiving about $15,000 each week to be funneled to the father-and-son duo. The son also received about $3,500 every other week in cash.

Over a 14-year-span, the out-of-state business owner allegedly sifted about $8 million through subcontractors to the Virginia man and his associates, according to the government. The owner of the out-of-state company pleaded guilty to paying $8 million in bribes over a span of more than 10 years.

Source: Associated Press, "Va. man and his father indicted in Rhode Island in $10M US Navy kickbacks case," April 26, 2012

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