- Chicken pox outbreak puts illegal immigrant facility on lockdown
- Obama to Republicans: ‘Stop just hatin’ all the time’
- U.S. chemical sites vulnerable despite millions spent on security: Congress
- Driverless cars to hit the British streets by 2015
- GOP presses to scrap IRS commissioner position — but put in panel
- New bill would make sure women in military can get free birth control
- Trafficking bust reveals worries over missing kids; minors as young as 11 found
- Catholic League slams Obama: ‘Do Christian lives mean so little to you?’
- National laboratory cancels ‘Southern Accent Reduction’ classes after outcry
- U.S. woman with Ebola is stable, improving, son says
Contractor admits selling defective parts to Pentagon
Question of the Day
A business owner who contracted with the Pentagon has pleaded guilty to charges he sold the military defective parts that grounded planes, and then sent sensitive information to India.
In a release Thursday, federal prosecutors said Robert Luba, 47, the owner of Allied Components LLC of New Jersey, sold the government defective Indian-made “wing-pins” that eventually grounded 47 Air Force F-15 fighters while military officials inspected and repaired the aircraft.
Then he sent information on a component of a nuclear-powered submarine to an associate in India, officials said.
“The conduct admitted by Luba shows a callous disregard for the safety of our armed forces,” said U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman. “By recklessly providing sub-standard parts for sophisticated weapons systems and sharing sensitive information with a foreign state, Luba not only jeopardized the lives of men and women on the front lines of our national defense, he put all Americans at risk, all in the name of making a buck.”
Luba was supposed to supply the Defense Department with American-made parts, but instead imported parts made in India, court documents show. At one point, he also submitted false documentation saying the parts were made in the U.S.
Prosecutors say Luba had a contact in India to which he would often mail technical specifications for advice on how much to charge while bidding. It was during the course of these communications that he sent the information on a component for the nuclear submarine — a “torpedo tube, open breech door, gagging collar A” — court records said.
Luba, who pleaded guilty Wednesday, could face a maximum 25 years in prison and a $1.2 million fine when he is sentenced Feb. 19. He agreed to pay back the DOD $173,000, which includes the cost of repairs to the grounded F-15s.
Hannah Robert also has been indicted in the case. Ms. Robert owned a company called One Source USA, and was Luba’s supplier of the “wing-pins” from India. Federal investigators said she also used a church website — without the church’s knowledge — to transmit “the blueprints for hundreds of defense hardware items” to a partner in India.
© Copyright 2014 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.
About the Author
Phillip Swarts is an investigative reporter for The Washington Times, covering fiscal waste, fraud and political ethics. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and previously worked as an investigative reporter for the Washington Guardian. Phillip can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- U.S. chemical sites vulnerable to terrorists despite millions spent on security: Congress
- Insurgent-allied businesses in Afghanistan eligible for U.S. taxpayer aid
- Ex-Gitmo detainee Moazzam Begg charged with terrorism
- Chicago shooting spree: 22 people shot in 12 hours
- Christians flee Mosul after ISIL threat: Convert to Islam or die
Latest Blog Entries
TWT Video Picks
- Geraldo Rivera: Matt Drudge 'doing his best to stir up a civil war'
- Lois Lerner hated conservatives, new emails show
- Catholic League slams Obama: 'Do Christian lives mean so little to you?'
- CARSON: Rudderless U.S. foreign policy
- Patent workers paid to exercise, shop, do chores: report
- Fla. mom arrested for allowing 7-year-old son to walk to park alone
- Obama thanks Muslims for 'building the very fabric of our nation'
- Obama mum on where illegal immigrant children are sheltered
- National laboratory cancels 'Southern Accent Reduction' classes after outcry
- Federal judge grants 90-day stay in D.C. gun case
Obama's biggest White House 'fails'
Celebrities turned politicians
Athletes turned actors
20 gadgets that changed the world