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Connecticut Man Pleads Guilty to Defrauding The U.S. Government
September 28, 2012

Boston - A Connecticut man was convicted yesterday in federal court for conspiring to defraud the Small Business Administration and other government agencies.

Brian Bauman, 38, of Woodstock, Connecticut pleaded guilty before United States District Judge Timothy S. Hillman to conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

Had the case proceeded to trial, the Government’s evidence would have proven that Bauman and his co-conspirators submitted statements to the Small Business Administration and other government agencies falsely representing that their company was a minority and service-disabled veteran owned and operated business, in order to receive federal government contract awards that were set aside for, or preferentially awarded to, such businesses.

Sentencing is scheduled for January 10, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. Bauman faces up to five years in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, and a fine of $250,000 or twice the gross gain or loss from the crime, whichever is greater fine.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Jeffrey Hughes, Special Agent in Charge
of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Office of Inspector General, Northeast Field Division; Luis Hernandez, Special Agent in Charge of the General Services Administration, Office of Inspector General - New England Regional Investigations Office’ Michael Conner, Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command - Boston Fraud Resident Agency; Aaron Collins, Special Agent in Charge of the Small Business Administration ,Office of Inspector General, Investigations Division; and Robert Panella, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Inspector General Labor Racketeering and Fraud Investigations made the announcement today. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney and Sara Miron Bloom of Ortiz’s Civil Division.



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