Defense Contractor CEO Sentenced To Prison For Defrauding United States Navy
November 14, 2013
Orlando, Florida – U.S. District Judge Roy B. Dalton, Jr. today sentenced Thomas Frank Robeson (48, Potomac, Montana) to 18 months in federal prison for conspiracy to commit money laundering. As part of his sentence, the court also entered a money judgment in the amount of more than $2.1 million, the proceeds of money laundering conspiracy.
Robeson was found guilty on June 4, 2013.
According to court documents, Robeson owned and operated Nomad Aviation, Inc. (Nomad), located in Sanford, Florida, and repaired avionics systems in military aircrafts. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) selected Nomad as the sole and prime contractor for a $43 million avionics integration contract for the T-44 Pegasus aircraft fleet. On May 20, 2008, Nomad submitted an invoice for $5,075,907 pursuant to the terms of the contract. In July 2008, the Administrative Contracting Officer assigned to the contract requested that the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) evaluate the $5 million invoice, known internally to the DCAA as Voucher NOM0028 (NOM0028). On or about October 17, 2008, Robeson, and someone acting on Robeson’s behalf, provided the DCAA with four vendor invoices, including one for $2,171,621 from South Peck LLC, which was dated October 15, 2008.
Robeson created South Peck Aviation (SPA) and provided SPA invoices as if SPA was an unrelated, third-party vendor that had billed Nomad. SPA or Nomad actually purchased parts from third-party vendors, “marked up” the costs of the purchases, and submitted the inflated amounts in NOM0028, as if Nomad had purchased the parts from SPA. Robeson, and others acting at his direction, submitted the fictitious invoices via wire, specifically e-mail communication. SPA was actually a bakery that Robeson and his wife owned in Hawaii.
This case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation, the Defense Criminal Investigative Service, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, and the Defense Contract Audit Agency. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Vincent A. Citro.