A technology contractor that pleaded guilty to one count of theft scheme of $100,000 or more in February has been awarded more than $2 million in government contracts since an investigation was launched in March 2014, according to documents obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation.
Investment Management Enterprise, Inc (IME) received the contracts despite being sentenced to three months of probation and ordered to pay $165,520 in restitution to the city of Baltimore after charging around $180,000 in work that was not done.
The contracts include: a January 2016 agreement totaling $1,470,446 from Department of Health and Human Services; a 2015 contract worth $383,990 from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS); another four contracts totaling nearly $478,000 since 2014 were received from the Department of the Interior, the Department of Energy and the Department of Veteran Affairs.
IME cheated the government by overbilling the Mayor’s Office of Information Technology via submitting dishonest employee time sheets amounting to well over $150,000 in fees between 2013 and 2014.
The Baltimore City Inspector General’s office found an additional 1,300 hours were added for two of the company’s contracted employees.
Twyla Garrett – the chief executive officer of IME, whose biography touts helping FEMA and DHS with drafting national response plans – was also indicted for allegedly submitting false invoices. The charges against her were dropped in exchange for the company pleading guilty, the Baltimore Sun reports.
IME and her other company, Garrett Entertainment Company, faced a number of legal financial issues, including foreclosures and tax liens, over the years.
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