- Associated Press - Friday, May 9, 2014

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A southern California businessman has pleaded guilty to federal wire fraud in connection with a kickback scheme involving military aircraft parts sold to The Boeing Company.

Federal prosecutors say that William Boozer of Hacienda Heights, California, conspired with a Boeing procurement officer in St. Louis to receive confidential financial information which he used to win government purchasing contracts from Boeing worth more than $1. 5 million.

The 59-year-old owner Global Dynamics International Inc. in Santa Ana, California, pleaded guilty Friday to one count of felony wire fraud involving 16 bids submitted between November 2009 and February 2013. Global Dynamics was awarded seven Boeing purchase orders worth $116,339 for the California company.

Boeing employee Deon Anderson, who allegedly was bribed by Boozer, awaits trial along with two other defendants.