- Associated Press - Friday, March 11, 2016

BALTIMORE (AP) - The former chief operating officer of a Maryland-based federal contractor was sentenced to three years of probation for tax fraud and conspiring to steal from workers’ health and welfare plans.

Forty-three-year-old Jonathan Mickle of Asheville, North Carolina, was also ordered to pay more than $850,000 in restitution at sentencing Friday in federal court in Baltimore.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a news release that Mickle worked for Quantell Inc. and Intaset Technologies Corp., headquartered in Maryland.

He acknowledged he misrepresented the firms as unaffiliated companies so they could bid on contracts meant to benefit small businesses.

Mickle also acknowledged he conspired with company owners Shaun and Joanne Tucker in a scheme that diverted $1.6 million of employee benefit money from 250 workers. The Tuckers were sentenced last year.

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