the investigation, invoices discovered by investigators revealed
charges to the Space Shuttle project for non-related items
and home building materials. Investigators then discovered
that COMPANY B's Project Manager was building a personal residence
and had charged many of the material costs to the NASA project.
make matters worse, once the project was supposedly completed,
that sand from all the sand blasting had contaminated the
"clean room" used by shuttle astronauts. Not only
did this cost NASA more money, but it also meant that the
Shuttle had to be moved to an alternate launch pad for its
mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope (A repair of
the Hubble Telescope is pictured right).
FBI and NASA joined forces, and their efforts ultimately resulted
in thefirst violation of a major fraud statute prosecuted
in the Middle District of Florida. The wives finally admitted
that they were placed as the heads of COMPANY B for the sole
purpose of obtaining contracts for their husbands' company.
After six years of extensive investigation and negotiations,
COMPANY B agreed to plead guilty to the violation of Major
Fraud and was fined over $1 million.