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United States Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert for the District of the Virgin Islands announced today that David Wikel, president of Florida-based Therma-Seal Roof Systems, LLC, was charged with providing kickbacks in connection with the $1.7 million dollar federal government subcontract to retrofit the roof of the Ron de Lugo Federal Building in St. Thomas, VI.

KANSAS CITY, KAN. - Troy L. Bechtel, 49, of Overland Park, Kan., is charged in a federal indictment with two counts of major program fraud against the United States and two counts of lying to federal investigators, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said.

The Office of Inspector General of the General Services Administration today issued its "Evaluation of GSA's Management and Administration of the Old Post Office Building Lease."

Jim A. Meron, 54, of Granite Bay, pleaded guilty today to wire fraud related to a government-procurement fraud scheme, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.

On Friday, October 12, 2018, 40 years to the day that President Jimmy Carter signed the Inspector General Act of 1978, the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency will host an event at the Carter Presidential Center in Atlanta, Georgia, to commemorate the impact of federal Inspectors General.

The owner of two recycling businesses illegally landfilled potentially hazardous electronic waste as part of a scheme to re-sell the materials and avoid paying income taxes, according to his guilty plea in federal court in Chicago.

Arturo Vargas, 55, a businessman from El Paso, Texas, pleaded guilty today in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to participating in a fraudulent scheme to defraud the United States out of millions of dollars through contracts involving the now defunct Big Crow Program Office at Kirtland Air Force Base in Bernalillo County, N.M.

United States Attorney Matthew D. Krueger announced today that Nicholas Rivecca, Sr., of Hartland, Wisconsin, and his company, Sonag Ready Mix, LLC, located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, have agreed to pay $629,732 to resolve allegations that they violated the False Claims Act by defrauding the United States Department of Transportation’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (“DBE”) program.  

A Tennessee man has been sentenced to 24 months in federal prison for major fraud against the United States. D. Michael Dunavant, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee announced the sentence today.

The Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE) continues a year-long effort to educate the public about, and commemorate the impact of, the Inspector General Act of 1978 and the work of federal Inspectors General (IG) in the 40 years since passage of the Act.  As part of this effort, the IG community will host a series of events this fall across the country.

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