Two former Balfour employees plead guilty to US fraudاحتيال


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Two former Balfour Beatty employees have pleaded guilty to committing “significant fraud” against the United States, in connection with false records of military housing maintenance, it has emerged. The US Department of Justice announced this week that Rick Confer, 61, of Glendale, Arizona, and Stacey M. Cabrera, 47, of Converse, Texas, pleaded guilty earlier this year to their role in a conspiracy to falsify and falsify maintenance information reports. . Reports were submitted showing that they had achieved maintenance goals, which then led to the payment of performance bonuses to their company. The fraud occurred at Lackland, Travis, Tinker and a number of other US Air Force bases between 2013 and 2016. Reuters, which first broke news of the accusations against the UK contractor, Balfour Beatty Communities, in 2019, reported this week. That the husband was working in the company. Balfour Beatty has since confirmed this. Cunefare faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 (£176,619) fine. The Justice Department said Cabrera faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Acting Deputy Attorney General Nicholas McQuaid said the defendants defrauded the US Air Force and put corporate profits before the well-being of service members and their families. The department is committed to protecting our military families from deception and abuse, and to ensuring the integrity of the Department of Defense programmes.” Fraud investigations are still ongoing. In its UK accounts for 2020, issued earlier this year, Balfour Beatty said a £5m decrease sterling in its operating profit for infrastructure investments was due to a provision made in connection with allegations of military housing fraud in the US The amount was said to reflect the value of incentive fees received for work that the internal investigation could not verify after the accusations first surfaced in 2019 , the contractor appointed a law firm to investigate. A spokesperson said today that it preemptively contacted the Department of Justice after concerns were raised. It added: “Balfour Beatty Communities are committed to conducting their business lawfully, decently and honestly, and are appalled that the actions of some individuals reflect poorly on the efforts of hundreds of Dedicated staff. The company continues to work with the Department of Justice to resolve the matter.”


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