The Journal Gazette
Friday, March 30, 2018 1:00 am

3 more indicted in BAE tuition scheme

MATTHEW LEBLANC | The Journal Gazette

Three more former employees of a British defense contractor with Fort Wayne operations are charged in federal court with defrauding the company through a tuition assistance program.

Indictments returned this week name Aleece E. Good, Shynell E. Hutchins and Detrick D. Tubbs. Each is charged in U.S. District Court in Fort Wayne with fraud.

The indictments bring to 23 the number of former employees charged with stealing more than $500,000 from BAE Systems from January 2013 to April 2016.

Court documents say workers signed up for classes through the program, never took the classes and pocketed thousands of dollars in tuition money. Amounts allegedly stolen range from about $12,000 to more than $55,000.

Good stole $30,413, Hutchins stole $20,196 and Tubbs stole $16,632, indictments allege.

The company changed its tuition assistance program in 2013 to allow upfront payments instead of reimbursements. Workers began pocketing the money shortly after, according to court documents.

Latonya D. Smith, who allegedly stole $27,000 through the scheme, said in court documents last week she will plead guilty. She has agreed to testify against others charged. A plea hearing is scheduled for April 6.

Also charged are Tia N. Russell, Tonya L. Sterling, Marjorie R. Warfield, Therese B. Whitsett, Darlene V. Wilson, Andre J. Hollis, Damon E. Bryant, Dawaun A. Jackson, Demarcus L. Benson, Calvin J. Howell, Tennille M. Bright, Keyana S. Brooks, Jason C. Butz, Frank J. Martin III, Leamon D. Perry, Stephanie M. Dates, David P. Rinderle Jr., Nicholas A. Young and Amber Szajna.  

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