Business Owner Pleads Guilty To Wire Fraud
RALEIGH – United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that today in federal court, before Chief United States District Judge James C. Dever III, HILDA PARKER , 57, of Goldsboro, North Carolina, entered a guilty plea to wire fraud.
According to information in the public record, Hilda Parker owned and operated Parker Products, which operated as a broker of goods for the Defense Logistics Agency (“DLA”). Between April 2007 and December 2007, Parker Products was awarded 217 purchase orders valued at $346,508.26 under a streamlined fast-pay purchase system. With respect to 29 of the 217 purchase orders (total value of $128,983.45), Parker Products failed to deliver the goods ordered. HILDA PARKER, however falsely verified via wire shipment of the goods and received payments in connection with those 29 purchase orders. Because of the fast-pay purchase system, DLA made payment on the verification rather than actual receipt of the goods ordered.
Some of the items ordered through HILDA PARKER d/b/a/ Parker Products, Inc. were mission critical (e.g., a valve for a Navy ship leaving for Iraq or first aid kits for deployed marines). This resulted in the degradation of operational readiness for a number of military units.
The maximum penalty that PARKER faces at sentencing is twenty years imprisonment, a $250,000.00 fine and restitution.
The criminal investigation of this case was conducted by Defense Criminal Investigation Service. Assistant United States Attorney Banumathi Rangarajan is handling the prosecution of the case.