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23 July 2014 | Gurjit Degun
A former Boeing procurement officer has pleaded guilty to fraud for his role in a bribery and kickback scheme involving military aircraft parts.
Deon Anderson pleaded guilty to multiple counts of mail and wire fraud, and “structuring currency transactions to conceal his receipt of the cash bribes”, according to the US Department of Justice (DOJ).
Between November 2009 and February 2013, Anderson provided a supplier with confidential information on competitor bids and historical price information in connection with Boeing military aircraft part purchase order request for quotes.
William Boozer used the information in preparing and submitting bids on behalf of his company Globe Dynamics in response to 16 different Boeing Company Defense Space and Security Division requests for quotes. Anderson was given cash payments by Boozer to provide the information for the bids.
“Of the 16 bids, Globe Dynamics was awarded seven purchase orders to supply United States military aircraft parts to Boeing totalling in excess of $1.5 million,” the DOJ said. “The net benefit to Globe Dynamics was approximately $116,339.”
Between May 2011 and April 2013, Anderson also provided another supplier, JL Manufacturing, with similar information in exchange for cash payments. The company used the details to make nine bids. It was awarded seven purchase orders to supply military aircraft parts to Boeing equaling in excess of approximately $2 million.
The DOJ added: “Relative to the cash bribe payments he received, on more than one occasion Deon Anderson structured cash deposits into his personal checking (current) account to conceal his bribe scheme.”
Anderson, who pled guilty to three counts of mail fraud, one count of wire fraud and one count of currency structuring, will be sentenced on 15 October. He faces up to 20 years in prison and/or fines of up to $250,000 for each count of mail and wire fraud.