NASA Facility Chief Guilty of Receiving Illegal Gratuities
NORFOLK, Va. – A Snow Hill man pleaded guilty today to receiving gratuities in exchange for official acts performed in his capacity as a government official, and to stealing funds from a government contract.
According to court documents, Steven Eric Kremer, 53, was the Chief of the Range and Mission Management Office at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Wallops Flight Facility (WFF). In that position, Kremer was responsible for administering the Range Operations Contract (ROC) – a multi-year government contract intended to provide services at test facilities and launch control centers. For a one-week period during each of the summers between 2008 and 2015, Kremer was provided the free use of a vacation home located on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, owned by an employee of a ROC subcontractor. In exchange, Kremer facilitated the selection of the subcontractor’s firm to supply interior design services and office furniture for WFF. Kremer also utilized ROC funds to purchase gift cards for his personal use, and to obtain a piece of personalized art.
Kremer pleaded guilty to receipt of gratuities by a public official and theft of government funds, and faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison when sentenced on March 27, 2019. Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after taking into account the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Paul K. Martin, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Inspector General, and Martin Culbreth, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Norfolk Field Office, made the announcement after Senior U.S. District Judge Henry Coke Morgan, Jr. accepted the plea. Assistant U.S. Attorneys V. Kathleen Dougherty and Stephen W. Haynie are prosecuting the case.
A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Related court documents and information is located on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 2:18-cr-163.