Two men charged with bribery and fraud for contracts with VA
Two men have been indicted on bribery and wire fraud related charges for preferential treatment in awarding VA contracts and certifying invoices for work that was never done or unnecessary.
Donald Garner, 47, and Richard Vaughan, 72, were arrested Wednesday and have been charged in a 31-count indictment.
Garner was the owner and manager of Veteran Ability, LLC — a government contractor that provided various services. Vaughan was a VA contract officer representative responsible for awarding and managing VA contracts.
According to a release from the U.S. Attorney's office, from June 2015 to January 2017, Garner is accused of paying at least $29,235 in bribes to Vaughan in exchange for preferential treatment in awarding VA snow removal contracts and VA housekeeping contracts. Combined, those contracts were worth more than $1.5 million.
Vaughan is also accused of using a "Purchase Card Program" — meant to be used for nonstandard supplies and services for the VA — to pay Garner $194,330.40.
If convicted, both men face a maximum of 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised released.
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