Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD)

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Firearms Violations – Employee Prosecutions

In was reported in September 2007 that the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Raleigh, N.C., with help from Pentagon and State Department auditors, was investigating Blackwater’s domestic and overseas firearm practices. Two former Blackwater employees — Kenneth Wayne Cashwell and William Ellsworth “Max” Grumiaux — pleaded guilty in early 2008 to possession of stolen firearms. According to Blackwater, the company reported the two former employees to the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) for their misconduct and requested that ATF visit its site and conduct a thorough review. In April 2010, five former Blackwater employees – former president Gary Jackson, former general counsel Andrew Howell, former executive vice president William Wheeler Mathews, Jr., former vice president of logistics and procurement Ana Bundy, and former armorer Ronald Slezak – were indicted on charges including conspiring to violate federal firearm laws, filing false forms, unlawful possession of automatic firearms, possession of unregistered firearms, and obstruction of justice. In February 2013, Jackson and Mathews pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of failing to make and maintain records related to firearms. They were sentenced to 3 years probation and 4 months house arrest and fined $5,000. The court and prosecutors dropped all charges against Howell, Bundy, and Slezak. See related Blackwater USA instances, “Firearms Violations – Deferred Prosecution Agreement” and “Firearms Violations – State Department Settlement”.

Misconduct Type
Enforcement Agency
Contracting Party
Multiple Agencies
Court Type
Pleaded Guilty
Date of Indictments
Contractors Involved Penalty
Blackwater USA $10,000

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Federal Contractor Misconduct Database