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  • Federal Jury Finds Scientist Guilty of Defrauding NASA, Navy, and Missile Defense Agency
    PR-2018-A - Press Release Link [February 12, 2018]

    Akbar Fard (53, formerly of Tampa) was found guilty of wire fraud in connection with defrauding NASA, the U.S. Navy, and the Missile Defense Agency out of approximately $2.1 million in federal funds intended for research.

  • Huntsville Defense Contractor Sentenced for Defrauding DTRA, NASA
    PR-2017-G - Press Release [September 25, 2017]

    U.S. District Court Judge Abdul K. Kallon sentenced Scientic Inc., a Huntsville defense contractor to three years' probation and ordered the company to repay $250,000 on criminal charges of falsely obtaining Small Business Innovation Research contracts with the Department of Defense and NASA. In addition, the company was fined $30,000.

  • Former Supervisor at Portland, Oregon-Area Manufacturing Company Pleads Guilty for Role in Fraud Scheme
    PR-2017-F - Press Release [July 27, 2017]

    Dennis Balius, a former supervisor at an aluminum extrusion manufacturing company, pled guilty in the U.S. District Court for Oregon to one count of mail fraud. As part of his plea, Balius admitted to his role in a decade-long scheme in which workers altered test results for aluminum extrusions over 4,000 times, enabling the company to gross over $6.8 million in total sales based on the false results.

  • District Man Sentenced for Trafficking in Counterfeit Goods
    PR-2017-E - Press Release [May 9, 2017]

    Arthur Chan, a NASA employee, was sentenced to nine months of home confinement and ordered to perform 180 hours of community service. In January 2017, Chan pled guilty in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to trafficking in counterfeit goods. An Office of Inspector General investigation found that Chan used his NASA computer to facilitate a counterfeit apparel sales scheme.

  • Former NASA Employee Sentenced to Serve Ten Years in Federal Prison for Coercion of a Minor
    PR-2017-D - Press Release [February 27, 2017]

    Thomas de Matteis, a former NASA employee, was sentenced to serve 10 years in federal prison for coercing or enticing a minor to engage in sexual activity.

  • Sierra Nevada Corporation Pays $14.9m to Settle Allegations of Improper Contract Billings
    PR-2017-C - Press Release [February 16, 2017]

    Sierra Nevada Corporation paid $14.9 million to resolve allegations the company violated the False Claims Act by knowingly misclassifying defense and space contract costs, thereby overcharging federal agencies for products and services.

  • District Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Charge For Trafficking in Counterfeit Goods
    PR-2017-B - Press Release [January 18, 2017]

    Arthur Chan, a former NASA employee, pled guilty in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to trafficking in counterfeit goods. Chan completed approximately 610 sales of counterfeit designer apparel and accessories via his personal eBay accounts.

  • Former NASA Employee Pleads Guilty to Making False Statements Concerning His Interactions with Contractors
    PR-2017-A - Press Release [October 5, 2016]

    Nathaniel Wright, a former NASA employee, pled guilty to making false statements in connection with a NASA Office of Inspector General (OIG) investigation into his interactions with contractors. During the OIG investigation, Wright made false statements about providing his resume to a contractor under his purview and pressing another contractor to use his friend’s business to perform work on a specific task order.

  • 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]