Indictment: Veteran Charged In $40 Million Government Contract Fraud Scheme
KANSAS CITY, KAN. –Joseph David Dial, Jr., 52, Belton, Mo., is charged in a federal indictment unsealed today with four counts of major program fraud against the United States and four counts of wire fraud, U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said. The indictment alleges during the period from in or about August 2008, to in or about September 2015, Dial unlawfully devised a scheme to defraud and to obtain money and property by means of material false and fraudulent pretenses, representations and promises, in order to obtain a $40 million Department of Defense contract.
The indictment alleges Dial unlawfully formed a pass-through business called United Medical Design Builders, LLC with another person. The company received a contract through the Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business program that was awarded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the design and construction of healthcare facilities at Langley AFB, Andrews AFB, Hanscom AFB, and McGuire AFB. The indictment alleges United Medical Design Builders, LLC was not a legitimate Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business and should not have obtained the contract.
If convicted, Dial faces up to 10 years in federal prison on each count of defrauding the government and up to 20 years on each count of wire fraud, as well as fines and forfeiture judgment representing the amount of proceeds obtained by committing the offenses set out in the indictment. Investigative agencies include the Small Business Administration - Officer of Inspector General, General Services Administration - Office of Inspector General, Defense Criminal Investigative Service and the Army CID Major Procurement Fraud Unit. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tris Hunt is prosecuting.
In all cases, defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. The indictments merely contain allegations of criminal conduct.