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    US Charges Ex-Foreign Defense Contractors for Conspiring to Defraud Navy

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    Two former foreign defense contractors from Singapore have been charged for taking part in a scheme to submit false information, price quotes, claims and invoices to steal millions of dollars from the US Navy, the Department of Justice said in a press release.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Neil Peterson, 38, and Linda Raja, 43, both of Singapore, have been arrested by authorities in Singapore at the request of the US government, the statement reads. they "were each charged with one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States with respect to claims; one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud; and multiple counts of making false claims.

    The charges and arrests are part of a long standing Justice Department criminal investigation into foreign defense contractor Glenn Defense Marine Asia (GDMA) billing practices in which Navy personnel accepted bribes in exchange for warning GDMA officials of impending audits by Navy accounting and finance personnel.

    Including Peterson and Raja, 16 individuals have been charged in connection with the GDMA criminal investigation with 11 of them current or former Navy officials.

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