Former Virginia-based Federal contracting executive Brodie S. Thomson was sentenced to 42 months in prison following his guilty plea in June in a $4.1 million fraud scheme that involved soliciting bribes and receiving financial kickbacks in connection with prime government contracts and subcontracts awarded to a firm where he was a senior executive.

Thomson, who now resides in Oregon, pleaded guilty to the fraud scheme that spanned 2010 to 2015. The scheme involved contracts with the Defense Contract Management Agency, the Army’s Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention program, the Defense Department Mission and Installation Contracting Command, and a Marine Corps contract to provide its Wounded Warrior Regiment with recovery care coordinators for wounded veterans.

“Brodie Thomson’s greed caused him to put his own financial interests above the well-being of the wounded warriors,” said G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, in announcing the sentence.

“After receiving over $4 million in illegal kickbacks, Thomson admitted to attempting to obstruct the government’s investigation by creating fake business plans to make the kickback payments look like legitimate payments,” Terwilliger said. “Throughout the course of this investigation, Thomson made several poor and illegal decisions in an attempt to avoid being held accountable for his criminal conduct.”

“The illegal manipulation of Federal government contracts costs the taxpayer and warfighter alike,” commented Robert Craig Jr., Special Agent in Charge of the Defense Criminal Investigative Service’s Mid-Atlantic Field Office.

“Mr. Thomson’s scheme to defraud the Department of Defense and wounded military veterans threatened the integrity of our military’s acquisition process and wasted taxpayer money,” added John Salazar, Special Agent in Charge of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.

“This sentencing emphasizes how important it is for our military personnel and family members to remain vigilant and always report suspected fraud,” Salazar said. “It also serves as a warning that crimes targeting our military family will be fully investigated and the criminals brought to justice.”

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