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Former DOD subcontractor facing federal indictment

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Posted at 6:16 PM, Dec 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-09 18:16:02-05

BALTIMORE — A former Department of Defense subcontractor is facing federal indictment for allegedly submitting false claims for hours worked.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Company A was a subcontractor for Company B, providing employees that performed national security duties for the Department of Defense. From January 2017 to March 2019, 44-year-old Melissa Heyer worked for Company A but was assigned on a day-to-day basis at the NSA.

The indictment alleges that on at least five occasions between January 2017 and March 2019, Heyer falsely represented to her employer that she had been working at the NSA SCIF when she was actually elsewhere. Heyer allegedly caused false claims to be submitted to the DOD that resulted in the government paying more than $100,000 to Company A, Company B and Heyer, to which they and Heyer were not entitled.

If convicted, Heyer faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison for each of the five counts of making a false claim.

An indictment is not a finding of guilt. An individual charged by indictment is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at some later criminal proceedings.