San Antonio 71-year-old Jonathan Patrick Saunders, president of Saunders MEP, Inc., was sentenced last week to one year and one day in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release and ordered to pay $1,494,000 restitution for defrauding the Department of Veterans Administration (VA) in connection with architectural and engineering contracts.
On January 6, 2015, Saunders pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud. By pleading guilty, Saunders admitted that over a period of five years beginning in March 2008, he knowingly provided fraudulent information to the VA in order to obtain up to $2 million in task orders from the VA for projects to be performed in and around San Antonio.
On Feb. 19, 2015, United States District Judge Orlando Garcia found that Saunders made false representations to the VA. In his SF-330 “Architect-Engineer Qualifications” package, Saunders falsely represented that his business qualified as a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business, that certain persons with particular qualifications worked for his firm, and that certain projects were completed by his firm. Saunders used interstate wires to execute his fraud scheme.
This case was investigated by agents with the Office of Inspector Generals from the VA and the Small Business Administration. Assistant United States Attorney Thomas P. Moore prosecuted this case on behalf of the Government.