Former DISA contractor indicted

A federal grand jury has handed down a 68-count public corruption indictment alleging that a former government contractor at the Defense Information Systems Agency awarded $11 million in government contracts to a small business where he had secret financial dealings.

Kevin D. Marlowe, 51, of Dillsburg, Pa., bought services from Vector Systems Inc. on behalf of the government from 1998 to 2002, federal prosecutors said. In exchange, Marlowe and other members of his family received $500,000 in cash and benefits from Vector's owner, Benjamin D. Share, according to the indictment.

Vector is a small Harrisburg, Pa., business.

The investigation began when federal auditors with the Defense Criminal Investigative Service Northeast Field Office and the DISA Inspector General's Office used data mining to identify irregularities.

'Public officials inherently owe a duty to the public to make governmental decisions in the public's best interest,' said Thomas A. Marino, United States Attorney for the middle district of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg. 'The endless and undisclosed stream of benefits that Mr. Marlowe received from Vector Systems at the same time he was awarding lucrative government contracts to it, constituted a serious breach of the public's trust.

'In effect, the public trust was being bought and sold,' he added.

In addition to the public corruption indictment, Marlowe, his brother, Frederick W. Marlowe II, and a Pennsylvania corporation known as Terra Hara Inc. were also named in a second indictment charging they sought to defraud a New Jersey environmental business by submitting fraudulent invoices.

In a third indictment, Kevin Marlowe, formerly of DISA, was also charged with making two false statements to the Social Security Administration, claiming that his wife was not employed when she was. His wife received $55,911 in disability payments which she was not entitled to receive, according to the indictment.

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