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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, September 26, 2016

Maryland Man Pleads Guilty to Theft of Government Property, False Statements

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA – A Maryland man, who was employed by the Defense Intelligence Agency at the agency’s Rivanna Station in Albemarle County, pled guilty today in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Charlottesville to stealing government property and making false statements, United States Attorney John P. Fishwick Jr. announced today.

Jameel Solomon Moses, 31, formerly of Charlottesville, Va., pled guilty today to one count of theft of government property and one count of making false statements.

“Individuals who work for the government have an obligation to be truthful in their time-keeping and responsible in the manner in which they are paid,” United States Attorney Fishwick said today. “When employees are deceitful and steal money through inaccurate bookkeeping, they will be held accountable.”

According to evidence presented in court today by Assistant United States Attorney Heather L. Carlton, Moses was hired by Worldwide Information Network System to work as a contractor with the Defense Intelligence Agency. During his time as a contractor, Moses regularly submitted timesheets on which he had claimed to work hours he was not present at the Rivanna Station nor permitted to work from home. This action caused Moses’s employer to fraudulently bill the United States government and caused the United States government to pay for time Moses did not actually work. At an average hourly billing rate of $67 per hour and a total of 578 hours of work lost, the financial loss to the United States for overpaid time was at least $38,726.

The investigation of the case was conducted by the Office of the Inspector General, Defense Intelligence Agency and the Defense Criminal Investigative Service, Office of the Inspector General, U.S. Department of Defense. Assistant United States Attorney Assistant United States Attorney Heather L. Carlton prosecuted the case for the United States.

Topic(s): 
Financial Fraud
Updated September 26, 2016