Ex-Boeing employee accused of providing subcontractors with inside info
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
ST. LOUIS — A former procurement officer for the Boeing Co. is accused of providing bid information to airplane parts subcontractors, which resulted in more than $3.5 million in orders awarded to the companies.
Deon E. Anderson, who is listed in a federal indictment as from the St. Louis area, was charged with mail fraud and wire fraud. Jeffrey Lavelle, of Mukilteo, Wash., Robert “Bobby” Diaz Jr., of Alta Loma, Calif., and William P. Boozer, of Hacienda Heights, Calif., also face charges.
The charges, filed in federal court in St. Louis, became public Monday.
The incidents happened beginning in November 2009 through April, according to the indictment. Lavelle was the owner of J.L. Manufacturing, based in Everett, Wash., which is an aerospace machine shop specializing in hard metals and was a Boeing subcontractor.
Inland Empire and Associates Inc., in Las Vegas, consulted for defense aircraft manufacturers and parts suppliers, and consulted for J.L. Manufacturing. Diaz Jr. was the owner and personally consulted with J.L. Manufacturing and Lavelle about Boeing subcontracts, according to the indictment.
Boozer owned Globe Dynamics International Inc., of Santa Ana, Calif., which produced machined parts and assembled complex pieces, also subcontracted with Boeing.
The indictment says Anderson gave J.L. Manufacturing and Lavelle and Diaz non-public competitor bid and historical price information for military aircraft order requests for quotes. Lavelle used the information to submit about nine different bids on behalf of his company to Boeing. In exchange, Lavelle and Diaz paid cash to Anderson, and they would meet in California or St. Louis or Diaz would mail money orders from California, the indictment says.
From this, J.L. Manufacturing was awarded seven purchase orders totaling more than $2 million to supply military aircraft parts to Boeing.
Something similar happened between Anderson and Boozer, and the two communicated in code to do this, according to the indictment. Boozer would frequently request “Isle 5,” a coded reference to a “price check on aisle 5” understood by Anderson to be a request for historical price information. Boozer submitted bids for about 16 different Boeing requests for quotes, and Globe Dynamics was awarded seven purchase orders totaling more than $1.5 million.
In exchange, Boozer paid Anderson in cash, and more than once met in Huntington Beach, Calif. for payments, the indictment says.
An online resume for Anderson says he worked at Boeing from October 2007 through May of this year.