CHICAGO, IL. (ECWd) –
The Federal Grand Jury for the Northern District of Illinois delivered two True Bills last week.
The first true indictment names the following defendants:
- Kimberly A. Dyson, Prosthetic Clerk and Purchasing Agent for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs
- Irvin R. Lucas, IV, owner of a medical supplies company headquartered in Romeoville, IL
According to the indictment, Dyson and Lucas knowingly conspired to commit an offense against the United States, namely:
- gave, offered or promised payments to Dyson, a public official
- request, seek, receive, accept or accept payments personally from Lucas
- Dyson accepted at least $ 39,850 in payments from Lucas
- Read the full indictment HERE
The second true indictment names the following defendants:
- Andrew Lee, Prosthetic Clerk and Purchasing Agent for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, and also Agent for Plum Blossom Group, Inc.
- Darren A. Smith, ran a company based in Bolingbrook, IL. who distributed medical supplies for the VA, as well as the president and secretary of a company headquartered in Hazel Crest, IL
According to this indictment, Lee and Smith knowingly:
- conceive, intend to conceive and participate in a scheme to defraud and obtain money and property from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs
- caused fraudulent overpayments for equipment to Smith’s Company A in the amount of at least $ 1,381,285
- in return for covert bribes, Lee placed orders with Smith’s Company A that were below the micro-purchase threshold to avoid additional procurement protocols
- Smith made payments to Lee in the form of cash, direct deposits from Company B, Company C and other persons and entities, and payments from Company C for the mortgage on Lee’s residence in order to to cover up bribes.
- Smith added Le to Company C’s payroll so that the bribes falsely appear to be for benefit made
- Lee received at least $ 220,000 in kickbacks
- read the entire indictment HERE
It is important to remember that all people are considered innocent until proven guilty in court.