Kansas man charged in scheme that used disabled veteran

Published 01-19-2019

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) - A 49-year-old Overland Park man is facing federal charges in an alleged scheme that prosecutors say cost the government more than $12 million.

Troy Bechtel was charged Friday with two counts of major program fraud and two counts of lying to investigators.

The U.S. Attorney's office said Bechtel and others falsely claimed that United Medical Design Builders, of Merriam, was controlled by Joseph Dial Jr., a disabled Army veteran.

The company won a $12.7 million U.S. Defense Department contract to design and build four U.S. Air Force bases under a program for businesses owned or operated by disabled military veterans.

The indictment alleges Bechtel ran the company and Dial was rarely in the office.

Dial has pleaded guilty to wire fraud and program fraud and is awaiting sentencing.

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