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He also sent Mr. Oliver a cell phone with a Maryland number.

“Once we get the incorporation papers, I will open a bank account, get a corporate credit card, purchase a web address, order a fax number, logo, stationery, etc,” Mr. Wodiska wrote to Mr. Oliver on April 5, 2007.

Meanwhile, Mr. Oliver planned to take a business class at a community college but had trouble paying for it and ordering the textbook, which was $111.75, used.

“Not to worry,” Mr. Wodiska wrote. “I will take care of paying for the class. The sooner you let me know about the books, the easier it is to order online and get them to you.”

When Mr. Oliver was unsure how to complete Internal Revenue Service Form 2553 — Election of a Small Business Corporation — Mr. Wodiska reassured him: “Don’t worry. … I have filled out over 6 of these forms, and you are filing it correctly.”

By May 2007, Navajo Contractors was up and running. “Over the next month, I will be looking to run some contracts through Navajo so that we can apply ASAP for the program,” Mr. Wodiska wrote.

A month later, Mr. Oliver wrote to Mr. Wodiska to ask, “How’s it going? Any new information on Navajo Contractors Inc.?”

“I have hired an executive at my company that is starting on Monday,” Mr. Wodiska replied. “His first assignment is to generate contracts for Navajo. Once we get approx $100K worth of jobs complete, then we will apply to the [8(a)] program.”

Mr. Wodiska had other plans for Mr. Oliver. “Ambrose, you told me when we met that you were a service-disabled vet,” he wrote in late June 2007. “Can you tell me a little more about your injury?”

Mr. Wodiska set up an account in Mr. Oliver’s name at M&T Bank, e-mails and bank documents show. On July 18, 2007, Mr. Wodiska wrote to Mr. Oliver and asked for his signature on a check and to leave the amount blank. “Also, please send me five more blank checks with your signature just in case we need them,” he wrote. “I will keep them under lock and key and do not plan on using them.”

With financial assistance from Mr. Wodiska, Mr. Oliver arrived in Virginia to join his new business partners in September 2007. He and his 11-year-old child stayed at Mr. Guido’s house in Maryland. As a first order of business, Mr. Wodiska instructed him how to apply for “SDV business” — that is, other contracts set aside for service-disabled veterans.

But Navajo Contractors was already generating business.

By the fall of 2007, CSMIhad landed some minor government contracts that were insured by Navajo Contractors but completed by other companies, such as Wilson Technologies, a company that Mr. Bailey joined that year. Mr. Oliver observed that Mr. Bailey and Mr. Wodiska were “thick” with each other.

Mr. Bailey was always with Russell [Wodiska], complimenting him and such,” Mr. Oliver said, adding that Mr. Bailey “told me I was worth a lot of money.”

Asked about his and Mr. Bailey’s roles in CSMI and VSC, Mr. Wodiska told The Times in an e-mail only that “Mr. Bailey was not involved in any aspect of Navajo Contractors‘ prior business relationship with CSMI.”

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