ST. LOUIS – A Boeing subcontractor has pleaded guilty to federal fraud charges.
Fifty-two-year-old Jeffrey Lavelle of Mukileto, Washington owns and operates J.L. Manufacturing, an aerospace machine shop. He pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud and two counts of wire fraud for his role in a bribery and kickback scheme involving Boeing military aircraft parts.
Robert Diaz, Jr., 54, of Alta Loma, California, owns and operates Inland Empire, which consults defense aircraft manufacturers, and parts suppliers, including J.L. Manufacturing.
Court documents state from May 2011 through April 2013, 47-year-old Deon Anderson, a Boeing procurement officer in St. Louis, used Lavelle and Diaz to provide J.L. Manufacturing confidential competitor bid information for Boeing military aircraft part purchases. Documents state Anderson received cash payments for the information.
Lavelle used the private information to submit bids for nine requests for quotes from Boeing. J.L. Manufacturing landed seven of the purchase orders for more than $2 million.
Lavelle faces up to 20 years in prison and fines up to $250,000 for each charge. He's scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 27.
Anderson, Diaz, and 59-year-old William Boozer previously pleaded guilty to related charges. They will be sentenced later this year.