ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - A 59-year-old California man pleaded guilty to wire fraud in connection with a bribery/kickback scheme involving Boeing military aircraft parts, U.S. Attorney Richard Callahan said Friday.
According to court documents, 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.
Boozer admitted to his involvement in the scheme from November 2009 to February 2013.
William Boozer faces up to 20 years in prison plus a fine of up to $250,000 when he's sentenced on August 15.
Meanwhile, Boozer's co-defendants (Anderson, Lavelle, and Diaz Jr.) were indicted on related charges and await trial.
Allison Sylte contributed to this report.