A federal judge sentenced a Fayetteville, North Carolina-based defense contractor for five years in prison Friday for defrauding the federal government more than $15 million, according to a press release from the Department of Justice.
From 2004 until 2014, Philip A. Mearing, 48, sent fraudulent payments from his company, Global Services Corp., to co-conspirator Kenneth Bricker’s two straw companies, BPM and Tempo, for services never performed by either company.
With Mearing’s consent, Bricker kept 5 percent of the payments, sending the rest directly to Mearing or one of his companies.
A hearing to determine forfeiture and restitution will be held Dec. 12.
In a separate case, Mearing and two others defrauded the government $1.8 million,
Global Services Corp. was founded in 1997 in order to provide information technology services to the military. Its website can be found here.