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The three defendants—Robert Ehnow, the owner and president of Poway defense contractor L&N Industrial Tool & Supply Inc. (“L&N”); Joanne Loehr, the owner and operator of Poway defense contractor Centerline Industrial Inc. (“Centerline”); and Centerline itself (a California corporation)—were charged with one count of engaging in a conspiracy to commit wire fraud, bribery, and money laundering; and with additional counts of bribery. The case was tried before a jury beginning on February 20, 2013. This afternoon, after two days of deliberations, the jury returned verdicts of guilty for each defendant as to the conspiracy count and as to one or more bribery counts. The jury also returned verdicts of not guilty as to each defendant on one or more bribery counts. (Click HERE for article)
Kuwait Crash May Leave Army Contractor Liable
Rose Bouboushian – (Courthouse News) – February 15, 2013 – A military contractor must face negligence claims over its employment of a K-9 handler who crashed into a police car in Kuwait, killing a veteran, a federal judge ruled.
David Morgan, 35, and Brian Mark Patton, 37, were Pennsylvania-born Navy reservists serving as military police officers near the Kuwait-Iraq border.
On Nov. 19, 2009, the men were traveling southbound on an alternate supply route in Buehring, Kuwait, as Morgan Lee Hanks, 25, drove northbound in a vehicle owned by Combat Support Associates, which employed him as a K-9 handler.
When Hanks sped into the southbound lane to illegally pass an eight-vehicle convoy, he crashed into the police car head-on, killing Patton and leaving Morgan with permanent brain injuries, according to the complaint.
Combat Support Associates is a Cayman Island corporation headquartered in California that provides site security and force protection to the U.S. Army at Camp Doha, Kuwait. (Click HERE for article) (Click HERE for Memorandum of Law)
Army Corpsman Gets Four Years for Taking Bribe
Cameron Langford – (Courthouse News) – Galveston – February 14, 2013 – An Army Corps of Engineers supervisor was sentenced to four years in prison for making a contractor pave his driveway and foot the $80,000 bill to keep getting government contracts.