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Defense Contractors Sentenced to Prison for Defrauding the United States


Jeffrey Harrington and Michael Mayer, owners of several defense contracting firms, were each sentenced in federal court today to 15 months in custody for conspiring to commit wire fraud and file false claims, and to making false statements on their federal income tax returns.

Harrington was also ordered to pay a $10,000 fine, $141,113 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service, and to forfeit $708,679 in ill-gotten gains; likewise Mayer was ordered to pay a $10,000 fine plus $299,511 in restitution to the IRS and forfeit $708,678.

The defendants admitted fraudulently obtaining money from the United States by making false representations and false claims to the Department of Defense (“DoD”) for payment on items defendants knew had not been sold to the Navy, but which had been substituted with other, unauthorized products. Three of the companies owned by Harrington and Mayer – including San Diego-based Veteran Logistics, Inc. (“VLI”), Industrial Xchange, Inc. (“IXI”), and Boston Laser Technology, Inc. (“BLTI”) – were also ordered to forfeit over $1.4 million and pay a $1 million fine for their roles in the offenses.