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Former FAA Supervisor at the William J. Hughes Technical Center Pleads Guilty in Contract Fraud Scheme

On June 13, Darrell K. Woods, a former FAA program manager, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Trenton, New Jersey, to charges related to his receiving $159,700 in exchange for steering computer engineering services contracts to an agency contractor between July 2001 and December 2004. Woods, who resigned in June 2005 in lieu of termination, was charged in an information with one count each of wire fraud and money laundering. While employed at FAA's William J. Hughes Technical Center, Woods received 19 payments, ranging from $4,000 to $50,000, for: (1) structuring FAA contracts in a manner designed to avoid competition; (2) allowing the contractor to participate in drafting contracting specifications; and (3) improperly disclosing contract information. Woods also admitted to laundering a $50,000 cash payment he received from the contractor. The contractor is not being identified at this time and has not been charged. Sentencing is set for September 17. This case is being investigated by OIG, with assistance from the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigations Division.