LT COLONEL INDICTED BY FEDS ON FRAUD
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'The colonel is a crook." So say investigators who caught an Army Reserve 0-5 in Alabama who thought he could fool Uncle Sam.
48 year-old Frederick Burnett of Madison has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Birmingham for violating the "Buy America Act" when he palmed off Chinese-made baseball caps and backpacks to the Army Recruiting Command.
The Defense Department is prohibited from spending funds on clothing, fabrics and fibers not produced here in the USA.
Burnett's company - Huntsville-based Lamar International Inc. - secured three contracts worth more than $6.2 million between 2005 and 2007. But it was all based on fraud.
The U.S. Attorney's Office alleges the USAR officer knowingly violated the law when he contracted directly with suppliers in China and American companies doing business with them, to hide the origin of the promotional items.
According to the indictment, Burnett hired workers for cash to remove all "Made in China" labels and repackage the items to conceal their foreign manufacture.
If convicted, LTC Burnett faces 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.