Former USACE program manager Michael A. Alexander & contractor plead guilty to kickback scheme
All told, Alexander admitted receiving directly and indirectly about $1,150,000 of money and things of value from Nova Datacom and Cho. This included nearly $300,000 in checks and cash; $750,000 in wire transfers to an associate of Alexander’s in South Korea for the purchase of, among other things, a coffee shop called Seven Monkeys in Seoul; about $27,000 for the purchase of two designer watches for a member of Alexander’s family; employment of a family member at Nova Datacom, and other miscellaneous payments. Cho also promised Alexander future employment at Nova Datacom and $320,000 in additional payments. Indeed, on the morning of October 4, 2011, the date of his arrest, Alexander was expecting Cho to deliver a $20,000 payment to him.
In addition to these activities involving the TIGER contract, according to the statement of offense, Khan, Alexander, Babb and Cho agreed to steer the award of the CORES contract to Nova Datacom. This scheme was thwarted by the arrests of Alexander and others last fall.
Khan, 54, formerly of Alexandria, Va., Khan’s son, Lee Khan, 31, formerly of Fairfax, Va., and Babb, 60, formerly of Sterling, Va., were indicted along with Alexander on one count of conspiracy to commit bribery and wire fraud and aiding and abetting and causing an illegal act to be done, as well as one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering. Khan and Alexander also were indicted on one count of receipt of a bribe by a public official, and Babb was indicted on one count of unlawful kickbacks. Khan, Khan’s son, and Babb have pleaded not guilty to all charges in the case and are awaiting trial. Khan, Lee Khan, Babb, and Alexander have been in custody since their arrests in October.
Cho, 40, of Great Falls, Va., pled guilty in September 2011 to one count of conspiracy to commit bribery, money laundering, and wire fraud, and to defraud the United States, and one count of bribery. Another former Nova Datacom employee, Theodoros Hallas, 40, of Potomac, Md., the company’s former Executive Vice President, pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud in October 2011. No sentencing date has been set for Cho or Hallas.
As part of his guilty plea today, McKinney signed a separate statement of offense that admitted that Alpha Technology had submitted fictitious and fraudulently inflated invoices that led to more than $1.8 million of payments to the firm. Some materials and services were provided, but, McKinney admitted, more than $850,000 of the expenses were fraudulent. Of this, he said, Alpha Technology kept about $245,395, and the rest allegedly was passed on to Khan directly and through a company controlled by another one of Khan’s family members.
To date, the United States has seized for forfeiture or recovered approximately $7.2 million in bank account funds, cash, and repayments, 16 real properties, five luxury cars, and multiple pieces of fine jewelry.
In announcing today’s developments, U.S. Attorney Machen, Assistant Director McJunkin, Inspector General Gustafson, Special Agent in Charge Craig, Acting Special Agent in Charge Hylton, and Director Podolak thanked those who investigated the case from the FBI’s Washington Field Office; the Office of the Inspector General for the Small Business Administration; the Department of Defense’s Defense Criminal Investigative Service; the Defense Contract Audit Agency; the Washington Field Office of the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation; and the Army Criminal Investigation Command. They also expressed thanks to the U.S. Marshals Service for its assistance on the forfeiture matter.
They also praised the efforts of those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Assistant U.S. Attorneys Michael K. Atkinson and Bryan Seeley of the Fraud and Public Corruption Section and Assistant U.S. Attorney Anthony Saler of the Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section. Finally, they expressed thanks for assistance provided by former Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Dana; Forensic Accountant Maria Boodoo; Paralegal Specialists Tasha Harris, Shanna Hays, Taryn McLaughlin, Sarah Reis, Christopher Samson, and Nicole Wattelet, and Legal Assistants Jared Forney and Krishawn Graham. (Click HERE for original article)