Two Contracting Executives Plead Guilty to Major Government Fraud

March 18, 2013

Executives at two Arlington companies have pleaded guilty after being accused of fraudulently obtaining more than $31 million in federal contract payments meant for disadvantaged small businesses, the Justice Department said Monday.

Keith Hedman, 53, of Arlington and Dawn Hamilton, 48, of Brownsville, Md., pleaded guilty to major government fraud last week before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Hedman also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery and agreed to forfeit more than $6.3 million, according to Justice. Hamilton agreed to forfeit more than $1.2 million.

Justice alleged that Hedman and an unnamed African American woman established an Arlington-based security service consulting company around 2001. The woman was named president and chief executive, allowing the contractor to win work set aside for certain minority-owned small businesses, Justice alleged.

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