Seven charged with government construction fraud scheme

Seven charged with government construction fraud scheme

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Seven people have been charged with 18 counts of various frauds related to $350 million worth of government contracts.

According to the federal indictment, the scheme took advantage of construction contracts administered through the Department of Veteran Affairs and the Small Business Administration. Those contracts were earmarked to be awarded to minority-owned, woman-owned, veteran-owned, and disabled person-owned construction companies.

The indictment, however, claims the defendants hid the fact that construction companies were not controlled by minorities, women, veterans, or the disabled in order to receive the lucrative contracts.

The following people have been charged:

  • Thomas Brock, 49, Camden
  • Jerry Eddins, 66, Aspermont, TX
  • Harry Michael White, 65, Columbia
  • Cory J. Adams, 43, Columbia
  • Tory Brock, 51, Camden
  • Alfonza McCutchen, 39, Irmo
  • Allison Amanda Sauls, 46, New York, NY

Eddins, White, Adams, McCutchen, Thomas Brock, and Tory Brock were charged with conspiracy to defraud the government. The maximum penalty for this charge is five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Thomas Brock, Eddins, White, and Sauls were also charged with wire fraud. The maximum penalty for this charge is 20 years in prison and fine of $250,000.

Two companies, Automatic Cash LLC and EEC LLC, were also charged with major fraud against the United States. Both companies could be fined up to $10 million.

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