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Raul Borcuta, Zachery Taylor & Jarred Close plead guilty to contract fraud scheme

Former Army Contractor Employee and Two Former U.S. Army Staff Sergeants Plead Guilty to Roles in Afghanistan Contract Fraud Scheme

(DoJ) – WASHINGTON – December 19, 2012 – A former employee of a U.S. Army contractor and two former U.S. Army staff sergeants pleaded guilty today for their roles in a fraud scheme involving a contract to provide armored vehicles to the U.S. Military in Afghanistan, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division.

Raul Borcuta, 34, of Chicago, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Ronald A. Guzman in the Northern District of Illinois to one count of wire fraud.  Former U.S. Army Staff Sergeants Zachery Taylor, 42, of Ft. Belvoir, Va., and Jarred Close, 43, of St. Paul, Minn., each pleaded guilty before Judge Guzman to one count of receiving a gratuity.

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Raul Borcuta, Zachery Taylor, Jarred Close indicted for bribery and theft

Click HERE for indictment 11CR0609 United States v. Raul Borcuta, Zachery Taylor, Jarred Close

Former Army Contracting Officials and Defense Contractor Indicted for Bribery and Theft of Government Funds

(DoJ) – WASHINGTON –September 22, 2011 – A former member of the U.S. Army employed by a private security firm was arrested at Miami International Airport today on charges of bribery, fraud and theft of government funds, in connection with the award of a contract to provide services to a U.S. government provincial reconstruction team in Farah, Afghanistan.

The arrest and charges were announced by Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division; Steven J Trent, Acting Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR); Special Agent in Charge Richard D. Zott of the Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS) Central Field Office; and Brigadier General Colleen McGuire, Provost Marshal General of the Army and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command.

Raul Borcuta was arrested in Miami today when he tried to enter the United States from Europe.  Upon Borcuta’s arrest, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois unsealed a nine-count indictment charging Borcuta and his co-conspirators, Zachery Taylor and Jared Close, with mail fraud, wire fraud, conspiracy, bribery and theft of government funds. Read the remainder of this entry »