Michael Dunkel, 60, of Merritt Island, Fla., falsely claimed he was an employee of an Arlington, Va.-based company that received preferences on security-related contracts through a federal set-aside program.
In reality, Dunkel paid a kickback to the Arlington company so it would pass the work on to him.
As it turned out, the company that Dunkel used as a front wasn’t eligible for contract preferences, either. That company used a woman of Portuguese descent as a figurehead CEO to claim status as a disadvantaged small business.
Dunkel is the eighth person convicted in the scheme.
The five-year term imposed at Friday’s sentencing hearing was slightly less than the seven years sought by…
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