A Navy veteran has pleaded guilty to charges that he lied about his company’s qualifications to the Veterans Affairs Department to get $1.5 million in contracts for work at one of its hospitals.
Colorado resident Jonathan Patrick Saunders is president and co-owner of Saunders MEP Inc., which has been awarded government contracts around the country — including one for building construction projects at the VA Hospital in Kerrville, TX, which is at the center of his criminal case.
He was indicted by a federal grand jury in March 2013 on six counts of wire fraud and two counts of aggravated identity theft. To avoid trial, he pleaded guilty Jan. 6th to one count of wire fraud.
The indictment said that when Saunders applied in March 2008 for the Kerrville contract, he claimed that his company qualified as a “service disabled veteran-owned small business,” that certain people with engineering or architectural qualifications worked for the company and that the company had done work on a previous project. In reality, his plea deal said, none of that was true, and Saunders now acknowledges pumping up the credentials of his company.
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