Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD)

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U.S. v. Wilkerson (Procurement Fraud and Illegal Gratuities Scheme)

In October 2015, former Iron Bow Technologies employee John Wilkerson was indicted on charges of wire fraud conspiracy and offering and accepting illegal gratuities in connection with the award of federal contracts. Wilkerson was the Department of Defense account manager for Iron Bow and was also part owner of information technology company Superior Communications Solutions, Inc. (SCSI). The government alleged that, from September 2009 through August 2012, Wilkerson conspired with two other individuals to gain an unfair competitive advantage in obtaining contracts, including an Air Force technology contract. Wilkerson allegedly offered employment with SCSI to a government employee while this individual was taking official actions that benefited Wilkerson. In addition, Wilkerson allegedly paid this individual $86,000 in the year after the individual retired from government service, funneling the payment through two other companies in order to conceal the source of the funds. Wilkerson also allegedly directed a subcontractor employee to submit false timesheets. In April 2017, after pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, Wilkerson was sentenced to five years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. Wilkerson was also ordered to pay $9.4 million in forfeiture and restitution. In 2011, the Air Force suspended Iron Bow and Wilkerson from federal contracting for approximately one month (see Iron Bow Holdings instance, “Air Force Proposed Debarment”).

Misconduct Type
Government Contract Fraud
Enforcement Agency
Contracting Party
Defense - Air Force
Court Type
Pleaded Guilty
Date of Indictment
Contractors Involved Penalty
Iron Bow Holdings, Inc. $9,441,340
Further Information Released
DOJ Press Release 4/28/2017
Plea Agreement 7/20/2016
DOJ Press Release 10/22/2015
Indictment 10/8/2015

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Federal Contractor Misconduct Database