Washington State Man Admits Part in Boeing Kickback Scheme

July 28--A Washington man admitted in federal court here Monday to using inside bid and price information from a St. Louis Boeing employee for an edge in gaining contracts for aircraft parts.

Jeffrey Lavelle, owner of Boeing subcontractor J. L. Manufacturing in Everett, Wash., pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud and two counts of wire fraud in connection with a kickback scheme involving Boeing military aircraft parts. His sentencing is Oct. 27.

Earlier this month, Deon Anderson, 47, a former procurement officer for Boeing Co. Defense Space and Security Division in St. Louis, pleaded guilty to providing nonpublic information about competitor's bids and historical prices to Lavelle and two other owners of Boeing subcontractors between May 2011 and April 2013 in exchange for cash bribes. Anderson's sentencing is Oct. 15.

According to a federal prosecutors, Lavelle, 52, used the information to submit nine bids to Boeing. Of those, J.L. Manufacturing was awarded seven purchase orders worth $2 million. A release states that cash payments were then made to Anderson in St. Louis and California.

The other two owners, both from California, pleaded guilty and also await sentencing:

William P. Boozer, 59, owns Globe Dynamics International Inc., of Santa Ana, Calif. His sentencing is set for Aug. 15.

Robert Diaz Jr., 54, of Alta Loma, Calif., owns Inland Empire and Associates Inc. in Las Vegas. His sentencing is Sept. 15.

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