- Associated Press - Friday, June 19, 2015

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts man has been sentenced to one year in prison for creating a fictitious uniform manufacturing company that did business in Afghanistan and defrauded the U.S. government out of more than $150,000.

The Telegram & Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1RfPv3q ) that Dimitry Jean-Noel of Worcester was sentenced Thursday in federal court. He pleaded guilty in February to conspiracy to defraud the government.

The 42-year-old Haitian immigrant carried out the scam in 2008 with co-workers at PAE Inc., a government contractor that helped train Afghans to become prison guards.

Prosecutors say the bogus company drove up costs by ordering more uniforms than necessary. It would then buy the actual number of uniforms needed from area manufacturers at a lower cost and pocket the difference.

Jean-Noel was ordered to pay $157,000 in restitution.

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Information from: Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.), http://www.telegram.com

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