Md. Woman Sentenced In $30M Contract Fraud
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A Maryland woman who was the nominal president of a contracting firm and who pleaded guilty to falsely presenting a company as a minority-owned business has been sentenced to four years in prison.
Forty-eight-year-old Dawn Hamilton of Brownsville, Md. was also ordered to forfeit more than $1.2 million at sentencing Friday.
According to court documents, Hamilton’s company, Security Assistance Corp., obtained security contracts from government agencies by representing itself as a disadvantaged small business, giving it preferential treatment in bidding for contracts. Hamilton, a woman of Portuguese descent, qualified for preferential status under rules set by the Small Business Administration.
But Hamilton was essentially a figurehead and her company was controlled by Keith Hedman.
Hedman pleaded guilty in March to contract fraud. He was sentenced to six years in prison.
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