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Two Corrupt Defense Contractors Get Prison

(Courthouse News) – SAN DIEGO -  May 21, 2013 – Two defense contractors were sentenced Monday to 3 years in federal prison for conspiring to steal $7 million from the United States.

Two people and a corporation were sentenced for “a fraud and corruption scheme” at Naval Air Station North Island, in Coronado, near San Diego, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Robert Ehnow, 46, of Coronado, owner and president of Poway defense contractor L&N Industrial Tool & Supply, was sentenced to 3 years in prison and ordered to pay $760,000 in restitution to the Navy.

Joanne Loehr, 52, of La Jolla, owner and president of Poway defense contractor Centerline Industrial, was sentenced to 3 years in prison and ordered to pay $300,000 in restitution to the Navy.

Loehr’s company, Centerline, was ordered to pay $1.8 million in restitution.

A jury convicted them in February of conspiracy and bribery.

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Not-Quite-Lost Shipping Containers May Cost Feds
Lorraine Bailey – (Courthouse News) – May 17, 2013 – A fourth company will join the fight to prove that the government lied about losing 1,000 leased shipping containers so it could keep using them without paying, a federal judge ruled.

Three container companies, CAI International, Cronos Containers and Textainer Equipment Management, had leased shipping containers to TOPtainer, which in turn leased the containers to the U.S. Army for equipment shipments to Afghanistan and Iraq.

On Wednesday, Judge Nancy Firestone with the Court of Federal Claims joined

Capital Lease to the case because it had been Textainer’s supplier.

They claim that the government told TOPtainer that it lost 1,000 when its lease was up, and paid TOPtainer for the loss, but TOPtainer never remitted that money to its suppliers and is now defunct.

The container companies say that the government took the title to their property without paying just compensation.

Capital also “presented undisputed evidence to the court to show that 125 containers that had been owned by Capital and were now the subject of plaintiff Textainer’s claim were never ‘lost,’ but were instead sent to Okinawa, Japan and thus appeared to have been ‘taken’ outside the terms of the master lease,” Judge Firestone wrote. (Click HERE for article) (Click HERE for Judge’s Order)

Soldier Given Second Shot at Suing Gun Maker
Rose Bouboushian – (Courthouse News) – April 3, 2013 – A soldier who was injured when his M2 machine gun exploded and a shell casing pierced his leg will get a chance to hone his federal lawsuit against the gun’s manufacturer.

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Defense Scam Alleged in San Diego

It appears that Robert Ehnow was a Lt. Col. in the US Marine Corps prior to starting his business enterprise.

Bob Ehnow

Location: Greater San Diego Area
Industry: Wholesale
Current: President at MARDOC Corporation
Past: Aircraft Maintenance Officer at USMC Marine Liaison and Amphibious Ship Readiness at U. S Navy Commander Naval Air Forces COT T-AVB at USMC…

(Courthouse News) – SAN DIEGO  - August 24, 2012 –  Two defense contractors were charged Thursday with conspiring with Navy officials to commit bribery, wire fraud and money laundering, and six felony counts of bribery, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Charged were Robert Ehnow, the owner of L&N Industrial Tool & Supply, of Poway; Joanne Loehr, owner of Centerline Industrial, also of Poway; and Centerline itself.

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