ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - A former Boeing Procurement Officer and three of the company's sub-contractors have been indicted for mail and wire fraud stemming from a bribery and kickback scheme involving Boeing military aircraft parts.
Boeing Procurement Officer Deon Anderson allegedly provided J.L. Manufacturing, a Washington-based aerospace job machine shop, non-public competitor bid information and historical price information in connection with multiple Boeing military aircraft part purchase order requests.
That information was used in bids submitted by J.L. Manufacturing to Boeing for approximately nine different Boeing parts requests - of those nine, J.L. Manufacturing was awarded seven, totaling more than $2 million.
In exchange for the information, J.L. Manufacturing's Robert Diaz and Jeffrey Lavelle made cash payments to Anderson in St. Louis and California.
In addition, the indictment states that another Boeing sub-contractor, William Boozer, the owner and operator of Globe Dynamics, asked Anderson to provide non-public competitor bid information and price information in exchange for cash payments.
The indictment alleges that Boozer frequently communicated with Anderson via phone and email, with Boozer frequently requesting "Isle 5," a coded reference to a "price check on aisle 5," which he and Anderson understood was a request for inside information.
Anderson gave Boozer information for bids on behalf of Globe Dynamics for approximately 16 different Boeing requests. Of the 16 bids, Globe Dynamics was awarded seven purchase orders to supply U.S. military aircraft parts to Boeing - totaling more than $1.5 million.
Each count of mail and wire fraud carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and fines of up to $250,000.