A former Boeing Co. (BA) procurement officer and three other people were indicted by a federal grand jury and accused of engaging in a bribery and kickback scheme, a prosecutor said.
The ex-procurement officer allegedly leaked nonpublic information to bidders for contracts on military aircraft parts in exchange for cash, the office of U.S. Attorney Richard Callahan in St. Louis said in a statement.
The grand jury indicted former Boeing executive Deon Anderson, Jeffrey Lavelle, who owned Everett, Washington-based bidder J.L. Manufacturing, and an outside consultant for J.L., Robert Diaz. Boeing, based in Chicago, is the world’s biggest plane maker.
“Anderson provided J.L. Manufacturing, though Lavelle and Diaz, non-public competitor bid information and historical price information in connection with one and more Boeing military aircraft part purchase order requests for quotes” from May 2011 to April 2013, Callahan’s office said, citing the indictment.
Lavelle allegedly used that information as guidance for about nine different bid requests submitted to Boeing, winning seven contracts worth an aggregate of more than $2 million, according to the U.S.
Diaz, 54, and Lavelle, 52, each face one count of mail fraud and two counts of wire fraud, according to the indictment. Anderson, 47, was charged with an additional wire fraud count, together with William Boozer, owner of Santa Ana, California-based Globe Dynamics International Inc.
From November 2009 to February 2013, Boozer, 59, allegedly paid Anderson for information used in preparing about 16 Globe bids, winning seven contracts worth a total of more than $1.5 million.
Anderson is scheduled for arraignment later today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Shirley Mensah.
His attorney, Nicholas Williams, declined to say how his client will plead in a phone interview.
Diaz is represented by the St. Louis federal public defender’s office. Lavelle’s lawyer, Eric Butts, didn’t immediately reply to a voice-mail message seeking comment on the charges. Attorney information for Boozer wasn’t immediately available.
John Dern, a spokesman for Boeing, said he couldn’t immediately comment on the indictment.
Each mail and wire fraud count carries a maximum punishment of 20 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine. The indictment was returned on Oct. 2 and sealed that day.
The case is U.S. v. Anderson, 13-cr-00403, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri (St. Louis).
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