Central Kentucky Glass Co. and ex-president charged with fraud in connection with Fort Knox High School contract
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Oct. 24, 2013) – Central Kentucky Glass Co., headquartered in Lexington, was indicted Oct. 16 by a federal grand jury meeting in Louisville on charges of wire fraud, mail fraud and major fraud against the United States in connection with a multimillion-dollar contract at Fort Knox High School, announced David J. Hale, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky.
The former president of Central Kentucky Glass, Dennis Martin of Nicholasville, was charged separately, on Oct. 21.
Central Kentucky Glass was a subcontractor hired by the prime contractor, Barton Malow Co., as part of a multimillion-dollar Army Corps of Engineers project that included installation of glass and windows at Fort Knox High School in Hardin County. Central Kentucky Glass Co. was required to provide certifications that its glass and windows were tested and met contract requirements, including anti-terrorism standards.
According to the three-count indictment, on Oct. 22, 2008, Martin, then president of Central Kentucky Glass, allegedly forged two certifications from testing companies falsely reflecting that Central Kentucky Glass Co.’s glass and windows had been tested and met contract requirements, including anti-terrorism standards. Further, the indictment charges that on March 16, 2009, Martin forged a certification from another company and provided it to Barton Malow. Subsequent tests revealed that the glass and windows installed at Fort Knox High School failed to meet anti-terrorism standards.
Martin is charged separately with a single count of wire fraud for allegedly forging the certifications from two testing companies, then faxing the forged documents to Barton Malow Co. in Ohio.
If convicted, the company faces a maximum fine of $6,000,000, and a three year period of supervised release. Martin faces no more than 20 years in prison, a fine of $250,000 and a three year period of supervised release.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David Weiser and is being investigated by the Department of Defense Office of Inspector General.
An indictment is a formal statement of charges and does not imply guilt.
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