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Louisiana Man Charged With Conspiracy to Defraud the Government and Violate the Procurement Integrity Act and Lying To Federal Agents

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Louisiana

NEW ORLEANS, LA – U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser and Acting Assistant Attorney General Richard A. Powers, for the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice, announced that Johnny Guillory, Sr., 72, of Opelousas, Louisiana, was charged in a two-count indictment by a federal Grand Jury with conspiracy to defraud the United States and to violate the Procurement Integrity Act and making false statements to federal agents.

According to the indictment, Guillory conspired with Cajan Welding & Rentals, Ltd., and other unnamed co-conspirators to defraud the United States by corrupting and impairing the government procurement process, and by obtaining non-public pricing and cost information in order to obtain subcontract awards and payments from the U.S. Department of Energy in connection with its operation of the nation’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve.  From 2002 until 2016, Cajan was awarded over 50 subcontracts and received payments in excess of $15,000,000 from the U.S. Department of Energy, during which time Guillory received financial benefits from Cajan.

If convicted, Guillory faces a maximum term of five years imprisonment, fine of $250,000, a three year term of supervised release, and a special assessment of $200.

An indictment is merely an allegation and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of Louisiana, Department of Justice Antitrust Division, and Department of Energy-Office of the Inspector General.


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Updated February 25, 2021

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