- Associated Press - Thursday, May 22, 2014

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A northern New Jersey business owner has admitted she falsely claimed her business was owned by a service-disabled veteran so she could get dozens of government contracts.

Miriam Friedman entered her plea in federal court in Newark on Thursday.

The 54-year-old Teaneck resident owns Office Dimensions, a company that sells furniture and design services to government customers, among others.

The U.S. attorney’s office says Friedman claimed her father-in-law was the owner and operator of the business. Her father-in-law served in the military but wasn’t classified as service-disabled. He also allegedly had little involvement with the business.

The Veterans Administration says it paid about $1.2 million to the company in contracts based on the false claims.

Friedman is to be sentenced in September and faces a maximum sentence of five years.

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