Owner of Sham ‘Veteran-Owned’ Company Ordered to Forfeit $6.7 Million
BOSTON – A previously convicted Chelmsford man has been ordered to forfeit more than $6.7 million in connection with his June 2016 conviction for recruiting veterans as figurehead owners of a construction company in order to receive specialized government contracts.
On Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016, David Gorski, 51, was order by U.S. District Court Judge F. Dennis Saylor to forfeit $6,756,205 following a forfeiture trial. In June 2016 a federal jury convicted Gorski of conspiring to defraud the United States by impairing the lawful governmental function of the Department of Veterans Affairs, the General Services Administration, the Army, and the Navy in the implementation and administration of the Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) Program, and four counts of wire fraud. In September 2016, he was sentenced to 30 months in prison, one year of supervised release and ordered to pay a $1 million fine.
Following Gorski’s conviction, the government sought forfeiture of $6.4 million, representing the gross proceeds Gorski received as a result of his fraud scheme, which Gorski contested. During the forfeiture trial, the government proved that it was entitled to the gross proceeds resulting from Gorski’s criminal conduct, including compensation he received from Legion Construction Inc., (“Legion”) from 2006 to 2015. The forfeiture included compensation Kimberly Gorski, Gorski’s wife, received from Legion from 2007 to 2009. The Court found that Kimberly Gorski did not work at Legion during that time period and the compensation she received was merely a mechanism Gorski used to increase his own income.
United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Donna Neves, Special Agent in Charge of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of the Inspector General, Northeast Field Office; Luis A. Hernandez, Special Agent in Charge of the General Services Administration, Office of the Inspector General, Office of Investigations; Kevin Kupperbusch, Special Agent in Charge of the Small Business Administration, Office of the Inspector General, Investigations Division; Michael D. Conner, Regional Agent in Charge of the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command; and Leo Lamont, Special Agent in Charge of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, Northeast Field Office. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney William F. Bloomer of Ortiz’s Public Corruption Unit and Doreen M. Rachal, Chief of Ortiz’s Asset Forfeiture Unit.