The United States of America charges:
DESCRIPTION OF THE OFFENSES
1. PRONTO STAFFING, INC ("PRONTO"), WILLIAM J. BRANDT, and ESPERANZA A. BRANDT ("Defendants") are hereby made defendants on the charge stated below.
2. Beginning in or about May 2000 and continuing until at least April 2007, in the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, and elsewhere, Defendants PRONTO, WILLIAM J. BRANDT, and ESPERANZA A. BRANDT, and other unnamed co-conspirators entered into and engaged in a conspiracy to commit an offense against the United States. Namely, Defendants agreed with Individuals A and B of Company A to provide temporary pharmacists at WILLIAM J. BRANDT's place of employment. To hide this conflict of interest, WILLIAM J. BRANDT and ESPERANZA A. BRANDT incorporated PRONTO, and ESPERANZA A. BRANDT became its sole owner, and nominal president. Defendant WILLIAM J. BRANDT then used his influence as the Associate Director of the Hines VA Consolidated Mail Outpatient Pharmacy ("Hines CMOP") to steer purchase orders for temporary pharmacists to Company A. Company A subcontracted this work to PRONTO. Individuals A and B of Company A then encouraged Defendants WILLIAM J. BRANDT and ESPERANZA A. BRANDT to apply for Small Business Administration ("SBA") Disadvantaged Business and 8(a) Program status for which Company A was not qualified. Once PRONTO obtained this status, other individuals within Company A masqueraded as PRONTO employees and bid on lucrative small business set–aside contracts at Department of Defense and VA facilities. The profits from the Hines CMOP business and the SBA set–aside contracts were allocated between Defendants and Company A. In carrying out this scheme, Defendants transmitted and caused others to transmit by means of wire communications in interstate commerce, writings, signs, signals, and sounds in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1343.
OBJECTS OF THE CONSPIRACY
3. The objects of the charged conspiracy included: (a) to knowingly and unlawfully enable PRONTO, a company largely controlled by WILLIAM J. BRANDT, to provide temporary staffing personnel — namely pharmacists — on a recurring basis to the Hines VA CMOP during the relevant period; (b) to knowingly and unlawfully permit Company A to use PRONTO's SBA status as a means to obtaining set–aside contracts that were performed by Company A, instead of PRONTO, at military and VA facilities throughout the United States during the relevant period; (c) to obtain money from the purchase orders at Hines, as well as the SBA set–aside contracts throughout the United States; and (d) to divide the profits from these purchase orders and SBA set–aside contracts between Defendants and Company A.
MEANS AND METHODS OF THE CONSPIRACY
4. For the purpose of forming and carrying out the charged combination and conspiracy, Defendant and co-conspirators did those things that they conspired and agreed to do, including, among other things:
OVERT ACTS IN FURTHERANCE OF THE CONSPIRACY
5. In furtherance of the conspiracy and to effect its objects, the following overt acts, among others, were committed in the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division:
6. Whenever in this Count reference is made to any act, deed, or transaction of any corporation, such allegation shall be deemed to mean that the corporation engaged in such act, deed, or transaction by or through its officers, directors, agents, employees, or representatives while they were actively engaged in the management, direction, control, or transaction of its business or affairs.
7. Various business entities and individuals, not made defendants in this Information, participated as co–conspirators in the offense in Count One, and performed acts and made statements in furtherance thereof.
JURISDICTION AND VENUE
8. The combination and conspiracy charged in this Information was carried out, in part, within the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, and elsewhere, within five years preceding the date of this Information.
ALL IN VIOLATION OF TITLE 18, UNITED STATES CODE, SECTION 371.
Count Two: Wire Fraud
9. Paragraphs 2, 4, and 5 of Count One are re-alleged and hereby incorporated as if fully set forth.
10. WILLIAM J. BRANDT ("Defendant") is hereby made defendant on the charge stated below.
11. Beginning on or about May 2000 and continuing through at least April 2007, in Hines, Illinois, and elsewhere in the Northern District of Illinois, Defendant WILLIAM J. BRANDT, together with other unnamed co–conspirators, both known and unknown to the Grand Jury, devised and intended to devise a scheme and artifice to defraud the United States Department of Veterans Affairs of money, property, and its intangible right to his honest services through materially false representations and promises, and the concealment of material facts, and for the purpose of executing such scheme in the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, and elsewhere, transmitted and caused to be transmitted by means of wire communications in interstate commerce, writings, signs, signals, and sounds in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1343, and 1346.
12. On or about August 5, 2004, at Hines, Illinois, in the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, and elsewhere,
WILLIAM J. BRANDT,
Defendant herein, for the purpose of executing the above–described scheme and attempting to do so, caused to be transmitted by means of a wire communication in interstate commerce certain writings, signs, and signals, namely an e–mail from the Hines CMOP's Financial Manager which contained a falsified Statement of Work relating to the new "pharmacist specialist" position, sent from Hines, Illinois, through the Department of Veteran Affairs computer servers in Washington, D.C., to a VA Contracting Officer in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
ALL IN VIOLATION OF TITLE 18, UNITED STATES CODE, SECTIONS 1343 & 1346.
JURISDICTION AND VENUE
13. The offense charged in Count Two of this Information was carried out, in part, within the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, and elsewhere, within five years preceding the date of this Information.