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Woman Pleads Guilty to Embezzling $138,250 from FAA

Sharon E. Alston, of Greensboro, NC, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., to embezzling more than $138,250 from the FAA in a contract conspiracy-kickback scheme involving a former FAA contracting officer. Alston’s company, Alston Enterprises, was awarded a $138,250 contract for computer equipment based on false documentation allegedly submitted by her co-conspirator, the former FAA employee. False invoices authorized FAA’s payment to Alston’s company, even though Alston never ordered the equipment or delivered it. After depositing the $138,250 check, Alston kicked back $64,000 to the co-conspirator and spent $41,000 herself on a new Ford Expedition. Alston could receive up to 5 years in jail and a $250,000 fine. OIG is working with the FBI on this ongoing case. Alston’s sentencing is set for April 22.