Florida broker indicted in Air Force fraud scheme

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A Florida based aircraft parts broker is facing federal charges that he collected almost $225,000 for parts and supplies never delivered to the U.S. Air Force.

U.S. Attorney Gregory Brower said Thursday that 52-year-old Douglas Edward Phillips III of Weston, Fla., was indicted in Las Vegas on conspiracy to defraud the government and theft of government funds charges.

Phillips owned Danco Aerospace Consulting Inc. Authorities say Phillips and Richard Thomas Barkley of EG&G in Las Vegas submitted almost $850,000 in false purchase orders and invoices.

Barkley pleaded guilty in 2007 to conspiracy, theft of government funds and money laundering and was sentenced to more than three years in prison.

Phillips faces 25 years in prison and $750,000 in fines if convicted.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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