Office of Investigations

Press Releases

  • Jury Convicts Former NASA Subcontractor of Woman-Owned Small-Business Fraud
    PR-2021-H - Press Release [August 4, 2021]

    A federal jury convicted Kevin N. Smith, a former government subcontractor who completed work at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on fraud charges relating to the Small Business Administration’s women-owned small business program.

  • Senior NASA Employee Sentenced for COVID-19 Related Loan Fraud
    PR-2021-G - Press Release [July 15, 2021]

    Andrew Tezna, a senior National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) employee, was sentenced to 18 months in prison for submitting fraudulent applications for over $350,000 in COVID-19 economic relief loans and benefits.

  • Senior NASA Scientist Sentenced to Prison for Making False Statements related to Chinese Thousand Talents Program Participation and Professorship
    PR-2021-F - Press Release [June 16, 2021]

    Meyya Meyyappan, a senior National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) scientist, was sentenced to 30 days in prison for making false statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, NASA's Office of Inspector General, and the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York.

  • Senior NASA Employee Pleads Guilty to COVID-19 Related Loan Fraud
    PR-2021-E - Press Release [April 19, 2021]

    A Senior Executive Service employee of NASA pleaded guilty to submitting fraudulent applications for over $350,000 in COVID-19 economic relief loans and benefits.

  • Pennsylvania Company Agrees to Pay Almost $200k to Resolve Claims It Failed to Meet Federal Contract Obligations
    PR-2021-D - Press Release [April 19, 2021]

    Combustion Research and Flow Technology, Inc., based in Pipersville, PA, agreed to pay $192,586 and implement enhanced compliance measures to resolve claims arising from its administration of Small Business Innovation and Research contracts funded through the Department of Defense and NASA.

  • Senior NASA Scientist Pleads Guilty to Making False Statements Related to His Support of China's Thousand Talents Program
    PR-2021-C - Press Release [January 13, 2021]

    Meyya Meyyappan, a senior NASA scientist, pled guilty to making false statements by failing to disclose his participation in a Chinese government recruitment program. He subsequently lied about it to NASA investigators, FBI agents, and the USAO.

  • CEO of Nanotech Company Allegedly Faked Connection With NASA and Defrauded Investors of More than $12 Million
    PR-2021-B - Press Release [December 9, 2020]

    James Jeremy Barbera, former founder and chief executive officer of a nanotechnology company based in New York, was arrested and charged with securities and wire fraud in connection with an alleged scheme to obtain financial investments in fictitious technology he claimed to have developed with NASA.

  • Engineering Firm in Kansas To Pay $672,352 to Settle False Claims Allegations
    PR-2021-A - Press Release [November 3, 2020]

    KalScott Engineering, Inc., and its president, Thomas Sherwood, and Vice President Suman Saripalli, have agreed to pay the federal government $672,352 to resolve allegations under the False Claims Act that the company submitted false claims to obtain grant funds from the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Programs.

  • Texas Professor and NASA Researcher Arrested on Charges Related to China's Talents Program
    PR-2020-L - Press Release [August 24, 2020]
  • University of Arkansas Professor Indicted for Wire Fraud and Passport Fraud
    PR-2020-I - Press Release [July 29, 2020]
  • University of Arkansas Professor Arrested for Wire Fraud
    PR-2020-H - Press Release [May 11, 2020]
  • Pennsylvania State University to Pay $151,000 to Resolve Potential False Claims Liability
    PR-2020-G - Press Release [May 11, 2020]
  • Woman charged with falsely claiming officer accessed her bank account from International Space Station
    PR-2020-F - Press Release [April 6, 2020]
  • Researcher at University of Tennessee Arrested for Wire Fraud and Making False Statements about Affiliation with a Chinese University
    PR-2020-E - Press Release [February 27, 2020]
  • Former Chief Economist for the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space Pleads Guilty
    PR-2020-D - Press Release [February 19, 2020]
  • NASA Contractor Agrees to Pay $375,000 to Settle False Claims Act Liability
    PR-2020-C - Press Release [January 6, 2020]
  • Former Employee of NASA Contractor Convicted for Substituting Foreign Materials for Domestic Materials to be Used by NASA
    PR-2020-B - Press Release [December 19, 2019]
  • Florida man convicted of fraudulently exploiting programs designed to protect service-disabled veteran-owned businesses and small disadvantaged businesses
    PR-2020-A - Press Release [November 8, 2019]
  • Former NASA Contractor Employee Convicted for Substituting Foreign Materials for Domestic Materials To Be Used by NASA
    PR-2019-L - Press Release [August 29, 2019]
  • Penn Yan Man Charged with Falsifying Inspection Reports
    PR-2019-K - Press Release [May 22, 2019]
  • Chicago Software Developer Sentenced to Prison for Fraudulently Obtaining Federal Grant Money
    PR-2019-H - Press Release [May 9, 2019]
  • Aluminum Extrusion Manufacturer Agrees to Pay Over $46 Million for Defrauding Customers, including the United States, in Connection with Test Result Falsification Scheme
    PR-2019-G - Press Release [April 23, 2019]
  • Former University of New Hampshire Employee Sentenced for Stealing Government Funds
    PR-2019-J - Press Release [March 27, 2019]
  • Five Men Charged in 71-Count Indictment for Defrauding Federal Agencies
    PR-2019-F - Press Release [March 14, 2019]
  • Former NASA Contractor Pleads Guilty To Receipt of Child Pornography
    PR-2019-E - Press Release [February 26, 2019]
  • Former NASA Contractor Pleads Guilty and Admits to Computer Hacking and Stalking
    PR-2019-D - Press Release [February 25, 2019]
  • Newark-Based Company and CEO Agree to Pay $2.75 Million to Resolve Allegations of Government Contracting Fraud
    PR-2019-I - Press Release [January 29, 2019]
  • NASA Facility Chief Guilty of Receiving Illegal Gratuities
    PR-2019-C - Press Release [December 11, 2018]
  • University Of Puerto Rico Settles Misuse Of Grant Funds Case
    PR-2019-B - Press Release [November 29, 2018]
  • Former NASA Contractor Pleads Guilty and Admits to Computer Hacking and Stalking
    PR-2019-A - Press Release [October 11, 2018]
  • Scientist Sentenced To Three Years for Defrauding NASA, U.S. Navy, And Missile Defense Agency
    PR-2018-E - Press Release [August 24, 2018]
  • NASA Contractor Arrested For Possession of Child Pornography
    PR-2018-D - Press Release [August 10, 2018]
  • Alabama Computer Store Owner Charged in Fraud Scheme to Acquire, Sell Government Computers Intended for Schools, Nonprofit Organizations
    PR-2018-C - Press Release [June 20, 2018]
  • MassTech, Richard Lee and Arnold Lee to Pay U.S. $1.9 Million to Settle False Claims Act Allegations Relating to Small Business Innovation Research Awards
    PR-2018-B - Press Release [May 3, 2018]
  • Federal Jury Finds Scientist Guilty of Defrauding NASA, Navy, and Missile Defense Agency
    PR-2018-A - Press Release [February 12, 2018]
  • Huntsville Defense Contractor Sentenced for Defrauding DTRA, NASA
    PR-2017-G - Press Release [September 25, 2017]
  • Former Supervisor at Portland, Oregon-Area Manufacturing Company Pleads Guilty for Role in Fraud Scheme
    PR-2017-F - Press Release [July 27, 2017]
  • District Man Sentenced for Trafficking in Counterfeit Goods
    PR-2017-E - Press Release [May 9, 2017]
  • Former NASA Employee Sentenced to Serve Ten Years in Federal Prison for Coercion of a Minor
    PR-2017-D - Press Release [February 27, 2017]
  • Sierra Nevada Corporation Pays $14.9m to Settle Allegations of Improper Contract Billings
    PR-2017-C - Press Release [February 16, 2017]
  • District Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Charge For Trafficking in Counterfeit Goods
    PR-2017-B - Press Release [January 18, 2017]
  • Former NASA Employee Pleads Guilty to Making False Statements Concerning His Interactions with Contractors
    PR-2017-A - Press Release [October 5, 2016]
  • Woburn Company and President Agree to Pay $2.25 Million to Resolve Allegations of Grant Fraud
    PR-2016-G - Press Release [August 12, 2016]
  • New Port Richey Man To Pay More than $50,000 For Failing To Disclose Employment While Collecting Federal Unemployment Benefits
    PR-2016-F - Press Release [July 21, 2016]
  • Philadelphia Congressman Chaka Fattah and Associates Convicted in Corruption Case
    PR-2016-E - Press Release [June 21, 2016]
  • Estonian National Sentenced for Infecting Millions of Computers in 100 Countries with Malware in Multimillion-Dollar Fraud Scheme
    PR-2016-D - Press Release [April 26, 2016]
  • Computer Hacking Conspiracy Charges Unsealed Against Members of Syrian Electronic Army
    PR-2016-C - Press Release [March 22, 2016]
  • Former UCSD Professor Admits Fraud, Agrees to Forfeit $180,000
    PR-2016-B - Press Release [January 7, 2016]
  • Lehigh County Couple Convicted In Scheme to Defraud NASA
    PR-2016-A - Press Release [November 20, 2015]
  • Brevard County Man Pleads Guilty to Theft of Copper Wire
    PR-2012-H - Press Release [September 26, 2012]
  • Chinese Nationals Charged With Software Piracy and Exporting Technology to China
    PR-2012-G - Press Release [April 18, 2012]
  • Noted Scientist Sentenced For Attempted Espionage, Fraud and Tax Charges
    PR-2012-F - Press Release [March 21, 2012]
  • Romania U.S. Law Enforcement Cooperation Leads to Arrest of Hacker
    PR-2012-E - Press Release [January 31, 2012]
  • Lead Administrator and WebHost of Online Child Pornography Bulletin Board Sentenced to Prison
    PR-2012-D - Press Release [January 25, 2012]
  • Aerospace Corporation Agrees to Pay $2.5 Million to Resolve Allegations of Billing for Phantom Employee
    PR-2012-C - Press Release [December 6, 2011]
  • Aerojet And Parent Gencorp Inc. Pay $3.3 Million
    PR-2012-B - Press Release [November 30, 2011]
  • Manhattan U.S. Attorney Charges Seven Individuals for Engineering Sophisticated Internet Fraud Scheme that Infected Millions of Computers
    PR-2012-A - Press Release [November 9, 2011]
  • NASA Contractor to Pay U.S. to Resolve False Claims Act Liability Concerning Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Fraud
    PR-2011-J - Press Release [September 21, 2011]
  • Noted Scientist Pleads Guilty to Attempted Espionage
    PR-2011-I - Press Release [September 7, 2011]
  • Morehouse Settles Misuse-Of-Funds Case
    PR-2011-H - Press Release [August 4, 2011]
  • League City Businessman Charged With Fraud Involving Space Vehicle Parts
    PR-2011-G - Press Release [July 8, 2011]
  • Lunar Material Recovered
    PR-2011-F - Press Release [June 23, 2011]
  • The U.S. Attorney's Office reached a settlement agreement for more than $1.2 million with Sunpower Inc. to resolve costs that were improperly billed to the NASA Glenn Research Center
    PR-2011-E - Press Release [April 22, 2011]
  • University of Florida Nuclear Engineering Professor and Wife Convicted of Federal Contract Fraud
    PR-2011-D - Press Release [February 25, 2011]
  • Western Titanium, Inc., and Mach 2 Metals, Inc.
    PR-2011-C - Press Release [January 12, 2011]
  • Former NASA Chief of Staff Sentenced to 41 Months in Prison for Conspiracy
    PR-2011-B - Press Release [November 18, 2010]
  • Defendant Sentenced on Charges of Illegal Exporatation of Rocket Technology to South Korea
    PR-2011-A - Press Release [October 20, 2010]
  • Former NASA Chief of Staff Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy
    PR-2010-O - Press Release [August 18, 2010]
  • Former NASA Contractor Pleads Guilty to Using His Computer to Possess Child Pornography
    PR-2010-N - Press Release [August 18, 2010]
  • Former NASA Contract Employee Pleads Guilty to Stealing Astronaut Flight Suit
    PR-2010-M - Press Release [August 17, 2010]
  • Northrop Grumman Agrees To Pay $12.5 Million to Settle Civil False Claims Act Case Alleging Test Violations
    PR-2010-L - Press Release [June 23, 2010]
  • NASA Contractor Agrees to Pay $3 Million Settlement Under False Claims Act
    PR-2010-K - Press Release [June 10, 2010]
  • Newport News Woman Pleads Guilty to Conflict of Interest at NASA
    PR-2010-J - Press Release [June 2, 2010]
  • Defendant Pleads Guilty To Illegal Export of Rocket Technology to South Korea
    PR-2010-I - Press Release [May 24, 2010]
  • THREE SOLDIERS SENTENCED FOR STEALING COMPUTERS. Two Current Army Reserve Sergeants, One Former Army Reserve Sergeant Sold the Goods on Open Markets
    PR-2010-H - Press Release [March 24, 2010]
  • Former NASA Official Pleads Guilty to Violating Conflict of Internest Law in Scheme to Enrich Himself and Others
    PR-2010-G - Press Release [March 8, 2010]
  • Intrusions Involved Computers at NASA and Cisco, Theft of Trade Secret Source Code
    PR-2010-F - Press Release [February 8, 2010]
  • Former NASA Scientist Sentenced for Participating in Award of Contracts to his Wife
    PR-2010-E - Press Release [December 1, 2009]
  • Valley Businessman Sentenced to 2½ Years in Prison for Selling Non-Conforming Gaskets Used on Boeing Jets
    PR-2010-D - Press Release [November 9, 2009]
  • Former NASA Official Sentenced to 36 Months Probation in Scheme to Steer 'Earmarked' NASA Funds to Consulting Client
    PR-2010-C - Press Release [November 6, 2009]
  • UF Professor and Wife Indicted for Wire Fraud, Money Laundering
    PR-2010-B - Press Release [October 28, 2009]
  • Guilty Plea to Fraud and Tax Charges Unsealed against Maryland Scientist Charged with Attempted Espionage
    PR-2010-A - Press Release [October 26, 2009]
  • NASA Scientist Pleads Guilty To Participating In Award of Contracts to His Wife
    PR-2009-F - Press Release [September 29, 2009]
  • Former NASA Official Found Guilty in Scheme to Steer 'Earmarked' NASA Funds to Consulting Client
    PR-2009-E - Press Release [August 6, 2009]
  • NASA Contractor Convicted for Fraud Involving Space Vehicle Parts
    PR-2009-D - Press Release [March 30, 2009]
  • Former NASA Official Charged in Scheme to Steer 'Earmarked' NASA Funds to Consulting Client
    PR-2009-C - Press Release [March 6, 2009]
  • Yale University to Pay $7.6 Million to Resolve False Claims Act and Common Law Allegations
    PR-2009-B - Press Release [December 23, 2008]
  • NASA Contractor Indicted For Fraud Involving Space Vehicle Parts
    PR-2009-A - Press Release [November 13, 2008]