Defense contractor fraud alleged

ATLANTA, April 23 (UPI) -- Four men have been indicted in Atlanta on charges they conspired to defraud the United States in a defense procurement scheme, prosecutors said Wednesday.

The federal grand jury indictment accuses DeAaron Terry, 55, of Wichita Falls, Texas; Timothy Thomas, 51, of Powder Springs, Ga.; James Mcmann, 43, of Kent, Wash.; and Eric Auyang, 56, of Mobile, Ala., of defrauding the Army out of millions of dollars over several years, the U.S. Justice Department said.


Thomas was a civilian employee of the Army Medical Command, while Auyang is a civilian employee with the Army Corps of Engineers in Mobile, and Terry and Mcmann were the principals in Global Engineering and Construction Inc. and Global Engineering and Construction LLC, the Justice Department said.

The indictment alleges that beginning in about 1995, the four men secretly agreed to illegally help Global Inc. get government medical facility construction contracts. Terry allegedly made cash payments to Thomas, and paid the travel and hotel expenses of both Thomas and Auyang. Both Terry and Mcmann allegedly sent gifts to Auyang and Thomas, the indictment says.

In return, Auyang allegedly provided confidential and sensitive government procurement information to Terry, which gave Global Inc. and Global LLC a competitive advantage in the bidding process.


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