Three contractors who worked on construction jobs at Shaw Air Force Base starting in 2006 pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to defrauding the federal government.
James Autry Clemens, 60, of Johnston, SC, Larry Baker, 64 of Cameron, SC and Steven Crandell, 59, of Salisburg, NC, were sentenced to prison terms ranging from 48 months to 5 months US Attorney Bill Nettles said in a news release.
When the three men were charged in August, 2014, the government alleged that they submitted false statements for worker hours and materials for construction projects at Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter than, in fact, were not used. The overpayments were then split between the three men.
Clemens admitted to one count of defrauding the government and 1 count of money laundering. He was sentenced to 48 months in prison and, according to the judgment filed in federal court in Columbia, ordered to pay $792,651.86 in restitution to the federal government. Baker was sentenced to 15 months in prison and ordered to repay $533,032.00. Crandell was sentenced to 5 months in prison and ordered to repay the government $97,164.34.
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“These conspirators took funds away from the warfighter,” said the special agent in charge of the investigation, John Khin, in the news release.