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Bel Air Man Pleads Guilty to Defrauding U.S. Government

The former government employee appeared before a judge in Pennsylvania.

The Bel Air man indicted on charges that he swindled the Air Force out of hundreds of thousands of dollars pleaded guilty in court this week, according to reports.

Robert St. Clair of Bel Air appeared before a judge in U.S. District Court Monday regarding charges of conspiracy, theft of government property and false claims against the United States for which he was indicted in March.

The charges came after investigators said St. Clair received pay and benefits to the tune of $300,000 for a "no-show" position with the Air Force for nine years, according to the FBI,  which said the activity was part of a deal he had arranged with his friend who was a colonel in Pennsylvania.

St. Clair worked as a logistics analyst at Andrews Air Force Base and as part of his job, he set up days of work for members of the National Guard, who then received pay for the work; through the alleged arrangement with the colonel, he also scheduled days for his friend to get paid that were not earned, according to the FBI.

Authorities became aware of the situation when during an audit of work days, it became apparent the colonel was being paid for civilian and military work scheduled at the same time, which meant he was being paid twice for doing the same thing, WESA reported.

Both men resigned from their positions in 2011 as a result of the investigation, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.

St. Clair was charged with one count of conspiracy, eight counts of false claims and one count of theft of government property, the FBI reported.

On Monday, St. Clair pleaded guilty to the charges before a federal judge in Pittsburgh, according to the Air Force Times.

Sentencing guidelines suggest 18 months to two years in jail for the crimes but because St. Clair was cooperative, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette said the judge may reduce the sentence. Sentencing is set for Dec. 12, and the Post-Gazette said St. Clair was released on bond.

As for the other party—Col. Gerard Mangis of Pennsylvania—he pleaded not guilty, according to the Beaver County Times.

Related: Bel Air Man Indicted in $300K Government Scam
Ron April 16, 2014 at 08:36 AM
Were are the pictures of the guilty?

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