False contractor who defrauded Yakima non-profit for disabled workers sentenced to 40 months in prison
YAKIMA, Wash. — An Atlanta, GA man was sentenced to more than three years in federal prison after pleading guilty to wire fraud and aggravated identity theft in a scheme that defrauded a local non-profit for work it performed at the United States Army’s Yakima Training Center (YTC).
According to an alert issued by the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, 42-year-old Kentey Ramone Fielder will spend 40 months behind bars followed by three years under supervised release on top of $14,220.17 in restitution.
In 2015, Fielder obtained a contract to work as a janitor at YTC by using his company’s name: Clean Contracting Services, (CCSI). Little did they know, Fielder was disqualified from working on federal contracts the year prior. He obtained the contract by misrepresenting himself under the guise of CCSI.
Shortly after, he made contact with a non-profit called Yakima Specialties which employs people with disabilities to perform services at federal facilities. Court documents say that Fielder posed as a government contracting official and sent a false deal to Yakima Specialties to enlist their services.
After they performed the work, Fielder failed to pay Yakima Specialties and instead, billed the Yakima Training Center from CCSI.
“Mr. Fielder’s fraud was as brazen as it was widespread, involving dozens of government contracts around the United States,” U.S. Attorney Vanessa R. Waldref said. “Through our investigation and prosecution here in the Eastern District of Washington, we were able to hold Mr. Fielder accountable and to protect the public from his fraud.”
Fielder was indicted in Eastern Washington in July 2020 for fraud related to the YTC contract. However, court documents confirmed that this was only one of many fraudulent contracting plots that Fielder was involved in.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern WA District confirmed that Fielder, who was released pending trial in May 2021, was detained shortly after for his role in a similar plot in Georgia. Officials say he will remain in custody until his sentence is served.
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