The Journal Gazette
Friday, April 20, 2018 1:00 am

3rd BAE employee pleads guilty

MATTHEW LEBLANC | The Journal Gazette

Brian R. Dunbar is the third person – and second this week – to admit in federal court he stole money from BAE Systems through the company's tuition assistance program.

Dunbar worked for the defense contractor from 2007 to April 2016 and stole $12,500, according to court documents. He pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court in Fort Wayne to one count of wire fraud.

Dunbar is one of 25 charged in the scheme, which involved workers filing tuition assistance requests for college courses and pocketing the money without taking the classes. All told, workers stole more than $600,000, indictments allege.

Latonya D. Smith pleaded guilty April 6, and David P. Rinderle Jr. pleaded guilty Monday. Both were charged with wire fraud.

A plea agreement filed April 4 calls for Dunbar to pay back the money to BAE and cooperate with the investigation, which could include testifying against others charged. He faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000, but the agreement calls for a less severe sentence. A sentencing hearing has not been scheduled.

Employees used proprietary software provided by BAE to submit documentation for classes they never took, court documents say.

Amounts stolen range from $6,750 to $55,056.

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