RALEIGH, N.C. – A previous Army Captain, formerly stationed at Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, and his wife’s corporation, White Board Answers, pled guilty to federal expenses now in advance of United States Justice of the peace Choose Robert Quantities, II.
According to courtroom documents, John Raymond Meier, age 33, was serving as a supply officer in the 3rd Unique Forces Group when his wife, Nicole Anderson Meier, age 34, conducted organization with the Army. Under the business title, White Board Solutions, an entity formed in the Point out of Washington under her maiden identify, Nicole Meier agreed to give a few months of state-of-the-art industrial driver’s education for troopers who transported provides to assist Third Group’s mission. In the course of 2018, White Board Alternatives negotiated six acquire agreements with the Army and received approximately $149,970. Less than these agreements, White Board Alternatives was necessary to hire the vehicles and provide advanced education. White Board Solutions rented the vans, but it in no way offered any superior training. Considering that an estimated cost of leasing the vans was only $67,124, the Army overpaid White Board Options by $82,845.60. Both equally defendants have agreed to pay out that volume in restitution to the Army.
Nicole Meier, on behalf of White Board Alternatives, pled responsible to Theft of Authorities Assets. The entity faces a utmost sentence of 5 years’ probation and a $500,000 fantastic.
In addition to the truck teaching contracts, Captain Meier served his wife sell other things, like ratchet strips, publications, firing adapters, targets and ink cartridges to the Military. All through the plea listening to, the governing administration told the courtroom about quite a few electronic mail communications in between the pair. On a single event, Captain Meier forwarded a ask for he gained in his formal capability for M4 publications to his wife with guidelines for her to uncover the goods and how a great deal she could charge the Army. On one more situation, Captain Meier supplied his spouse with offers from other suppliers to guarantee she would submit a reduce estimate and receive the Army’s small business.
Captain Meier pled guilty to performing official functions influencing a own economic curiosity. He faces a highest sentence of 5 years’ imprisonment and a $250,000 good.
Christopher Dillard, Special Agent in Charge of the Mid-Atlantic Industry Office environment for the Department of Protection Business of Inspector General, mentioned that “John Meier abused his position of community believe in for personal get, diverted proceeds meant to assist the warfighter, and undermined the pretty principles he swore to protect as a U.S. Military officer.”
Floyd Martinez, Distinctive Agent in Charge of the Southeast and Caribbean Regional Investigations Business office for the US Typical Companies Administration Business of Inspector General said that, “GSA and its legislation enforcement companions are committed to safeguarding the integrity of the governing administration procurement course of action and will steadfastly pursue fraud schemes that rob the American taxpayers.”
G. Norman Acker, III Acting U.S. Legal professional for the Japanese District of North Carolina reported, “The Department of Justice is fully commited to making certain that all federal employees who abuse their positions of have confidence in are uncovered and absolutely prosecuted.”
The Division of Defense Business of Inspector Basic, the US General Providers Administration Office of Inspector Basic and the US Army Legal Investigation Command are investigating the situation and Assistant U.S. Lawyer Susan B. Menzer is prosecuting the circumstance.
Associated courtroom files and data can be located on the web page of the U.S. District Court docket for the Eastern District of North Carolina or on PACER by exploring for Circumstance No. 5:21-cr-00276-D-1.