- Associated Press - Saturday, September 20, 2014

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - An initial court date is set for a former federal military contractor charged with writing a federal contract and creating a job with a private company at Fort Knox that ultimately worked to his financial benefit.

U.S. Magistrate Judge James Moyer will oversee the proceedings for 67-year-old Gary T. Meredith of Leitchfield on Tuesday.

Prosecutors say Meredith orchestrated Nolin Rural Electric Cooperative’s overbilling the Army in the amount of $423,523 in unapproved projects. Grand jurors on Wednesday charged Meredith with fraudulently billing the Army for his $190,401 salary.

The indictment came on the heels of a critical audit of Fort Knox’s energy program by the U.S. Defense Department inspector general.

The inspector general concluded that Fort Knox officials did not properly award and administer task orders valued at $270 million.

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