SPAWAR Employees Charged with Fraud, Bribery

Cash and Rolex offered as bribes, according to prosecutors

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    Cash and Rolex were offered as bribes, according to prosecutors

    U.S. Attorney Karen Hewitt announced the unsealing of a 25-count indictment charging six individuals with corruption and fraud charges related to defense contracting at Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR), a government organization in San Diego responsible for the development of technology to collect, process, display and manage information essential to successful military operations.

    Federal employees Gary Alexander and his wife Kelly Alexander worked at SPAWAR for eight years and accepted cash bribes and other items of value from individuals seeking employment as government subcontractors, according to federal prosecutors. Those charged with paying the bribes are Elizabeth Ramos and Louis Williams, owners of Technical Logistics Corp, a company in National City.

    The indictment charges Ramos and Williams bribed the Alexanders with cash, a Rolex watch, and other items of value in return for Gary Alexander using his influence at SPAWAR to ensure the hiring of TLC as a subcontractor on several projects, including a military drug enforcement project based in Key West, Florida.

    Throughout the period of this scheme to defraud, TLC was paid about $4.8 million as a government subcontractor.

    The indictment also charges Jackie Godwin, a former manager at KRatos Defense Security Solutions who hired the subcontractors as directed by Gary Alexander.

    The information was announced at a news conference, Tuesday at 1 p.m. Check back for details on this developing story.