LOUISVILLE – The former president of Central Kentucky Glass Company, headquartered in Lexington, Kentucky, pleaded guilty today, in United States District Court, to a single count of wire fraud, in connection with a multi-million dollar contract at Fort Knox High School, announced David J. Hale, United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky.
Central Kentucky Glass Company was charged separately in a grand jury indictment, with wire fraud, mail fraud and major fraud against the United States.
According to the plea agreement, Dennis Martin, age 51, of Nicholasville, Kentucky, agreed to pay the Army Corp of Engineers and/or the United States Department of Defense $74,061.88 in restitution, and agreed to serve 27 months in prison in exchange for his admission of guilt. Also, Martin agreed that Barton Marlow Company suffered $558,780.44 in losses, but Barton Marlow Company and Central Kentucky Glass Company (CKG) reached a civil settlement for losses due to Martin’s conduct. The amount paid shall be joint and several with restitution owed by CKG.
According to court records, CKG Company was a subcontractor hired by the prime contractor, Barton Malow Company, as part of a multi-million dollar Army Corps of Engineers project which included the installation of glass and windows at Fort Knox High School, located in Hardin County, Kentucky. CKG was required to provide certifications that its glass and windows were tested and met contract requirements, including anti-terrorism standards.
Martin admitted in court today, that he forged certifications from two testing companies, Bowser-Morner, Inc., and National Certified Testing Laboratories, which falsely reflected that CKG’s glass and windows had been tested and met contract requirements. On October 22, 2008, the forged certifications were faxed from CKG’s office in Kentucky to Barton Malow’s office in Ohio. In fact, CKG’s glass and windows had not been tested per the specifications of the contract, and subsequent tests conducted on behalf of the Army Corp. of Engineers indicated that the glass and windows CKG installed at Fort Knox High School did not meet antiterrorism standards.
If convicted, at trial, the company faces a maximum fine of $6,000,000, and a three year period of supervised release. Martin faced no more than 20 years in prison, a fine of $250,000 and a three year period of supervised release.
Sentencing is scheduled before Senior District Judge Thomas B. Russell, on September 16, 2014, in Louisville.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David Weiser and is being investigated by the Department of Defense Office of Inspector General.