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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, April 6, 2015

Former Fort Drum Employee Sentenced For False Statement

Army Corps of Engineers Employee Failed to Disclose Ownership of Outside Company

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – On April 2, 2015, ANTHONY B. FELDER (44) of Redwood, New York, was sentenced to 2 years of Probation and a $5,000 fine by the Honorable David E. Peebles, announced United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian and Marion F. Robey, Director, Major Procurement Fraud Unit, U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command (Army CID), Quantico, Virginia. Judge Peebles also ordered Felder to pay $35,500 in restitution to the United States Army Corps of Engineers.

Felder pled guilty in November 2014 to knowingly making a false statement regarding outside positions he held while employed by the Army Corps of Engineers at Fort Drum in Jefferson County, New York. Felder subsequently resigned his position as a project manager with the Army Corps of Engineers.

In January 2009, Felder incorporated a proprietary engineering company named East Coast Mitigation, which soon thereafter began performing environmental subcontract work at Fort Drum. The following month, Felder, who was legally barred from doing outside work on any contracts at Form Drum while employed by the Army Corps of Engineers, submitted a certification form in which he was required to report "[a]ll positions [held] outside the U.S. Government." When he submitted the form, Felder reported various outside positions which did not conflict with his employment at Fort Drum, but he did not disclose his ownership interest in East Coast Mitigation. As a result, Felder earned a personal profit of $35,500 from the subcontract work performed by East Coast Mitigation before his false statement was discovered.

This case was investigated by the Major Procurement Fraud Unit, Army CID, the Defense Criminal Investigative Service, Office of Inspector General, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and it was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael F. Perry. Please direct press inquiries to Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney John Duncan at 315-448-0672.

Updated April 6, 2015