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Army researcher pleads guilty to fraud

Posted September 19, 2013

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— A Raleigh man who managed research projects for the Army pleaded guilty Thursday to steering federal contracts to his wife's business, authorities said.

Dwight Woolard pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud the government. He faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced in January.

Woolard worked at the Army Research Office in Durham as a program manager from September 1998 until late last year. He controlled numerous government contracts and grants, and prosecutors said he steered various subcontracts for data entry, website development and conference planning to his wife's company, Qtronika.

His wife or her company received $842,403 in government-funded projects, authorities said. As part of his plea agreement, Woolard agreed to repay that amount to the Department of Defense.

"For almost a decade, Dwight Woolard abused the Army’s trust and stole monies designated for researching and developing innovative ways to protect and defend American military personnel in battle," U.S. Attorney Thomas Walker said in a statement.


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  • rdunham1 Sep 20, 2013

    lsdhome, I don't think they even touched the tip of what he has. Anyone that agrees to pay that much money back has something elsewhere. Who's to say that if they dug deeper they may have found more than $850,000.

  • justmy2cntz Sep 20, 2013

    @ rdunham1 .....well, yeah, I thought something was different around here. haha! Wasn't sure if he had a quiet retirement exit or what. lol

  • lsdhome Sep 20, 2013

    I hope that the prosecution of this case has left Woolard and his wife broke... destitute.

  • rdunham1 Sep 20, 2013

    justmy2cntz didn't you realize it was too quiet for way to long LOL.

  • grimreaper Sep 20, 2013

    What a bozo...in order to get away with this and even if caught have no prosecution or repercussions you fist MUST be a management level employee of the government itself...part of the aristocracy...then the self perpetuating government system protects you...just look at the IRS for example...and the DOJ, and the Department of State...silly boy...forgot to read the manual...

  • miseem Sep 20, 2013

    A Raleigh man who managed research projects for the Army pleaded guilty Thursday to steering federal contracts to his wife's business, authorities said.

    Fortunately, there do not seem to be any prohibitions on steering jobs or contracts for services to your political donors.

  • rdunham1 Sep 20, 2013

    Sherlock, it doesn't matter what the government got at a lower price, he stole this from the Army and she also accepted this. Are you the same kind of person that climbs into the bed with people like this. I hope not!

  • Civil4Mind Sep 20, 2013

    lol funny when something like this happens where you work..smh

  • Sherlock Sep 20, 2013

    What needs to be asked did she supply what they wanted and at a lower price then the others would have. If yes then why is he paying the government back?

  • justmy2cntz Sep 20, 2013

    @ rdunham1 - Agree. However, I'm just glad it was fraud and not a disgruntled shooting. At least he's agreeing to pay it back. You can't give back life to a dead person.