- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 3, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A sentencing hearing for a Nebraska businessman accused of fraudulently landing $23.4 million in federal contracts intended for disabled veterans will continue.

Several witnesses were called Tuesday to discuss how Omaha businessman Ram Hingorani set up a company to qualify for federal contracts by certifying a service-disabled veteran ran the company and held majority ownership. In reality prosecutors say Hingorani, who is not a veteran, ran the company and extracted millions of dollars for his own use.

He’s pleaded guilty to fraud and faces up to two years in prison under a plea agreement.

Judge Stephanie Rose will set a date to finish the sentencing which ran longer than expected on Tuesday.

Hingorani’s companies won 45 federal contracts from 2007 to 2010 to perform construction work in Iowa and Nebraska.

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