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Former FAA Employee Pleads Guilty to Receiving Stolen FAA Funds

Lola A. Palmer, Oxon Hill, MD, a former FAA administrative contracting officer, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Washington, DC, to receiving more than $138,250 in funds stolen from the FAA in a contract conspiracy-kickback scheme. Palmer conspired with Sharon E. Alston and Alston’s company, Alston Enterprises, which was awarded a $138,250 contract for computer equipment based on false documentation. False invoices authorized FAA’s payment to Alston’s company, even though Alston never ordered the equipment or delivered it. After depositing the check, Alston kicked back $64,650 to Palmer. Palmer could receive up to 5 years in jail and a $250,000 fine. OIG investigated the case with the FBI.