An 82-Year-Old Is Suspected Of Decades-Long Scam Selling Dangerous Weapons Parts To US Military
The US Department of Justice is accusing an 82-year-old American citizen of having sold “blatantly defective replacement parts for US military weapon systems” to the US Department of Defense (DoD) since 1997. The defective parts were mostly tubes and pipes for controlling fluid in military machines that were deemed critical to “the preservation of life or safety of operating personnel.” The suspect allegedly established companies using fake identities in order to sell the parts,which he ordered from China and India. He is even said to have hired an actor to “play” one of the fake business owners.
The scam impacted the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), a branch of the DoD. The DLA stated that it “takes the issue of contractor fraud very seriously and employs a risk-based, multi-pronged approach throughout its procurement process (pre-award, award, post-award) to mitigate fraud risk.”