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Former SAFB Contractors Sentenced for Conspiracy to Defraud Government

A federal indictment charged four former Sheppard Air Force Base contractors with conspiracy to defraud the government and conspiracy to unlawfully disclose and obtain sensitive information.

Three of four former Sheppard Air Force Base employees indicted on conspiracy to defraud the government and conspiracy to unlawfully disclose and obtain sensitive information are sentenced today.

John Gilmore III of Wichita Falls is a former lead civil engineer in the 82nd Civil Engineering Squadron at Sheppard.

He's sentenced to five years in federal prison.

James Freeman of Vernon, who owns Freeman Construction, a road building and paving company, is sentenced to 18 months in federal prison.

Miguel Hughes of Fort Worth, who owns Hughes and Guzman Construction, will spend the next eight months in federal prison.

The fourth man charged in the scheme, Larry Ballard, also of Wichita Falls, was an engineer under the supervision of Gilmore.

He pleaded guilty to his charge and is scheduled to be sentenced July 19.

Sheppard officials say the men leaked sensitive information to friends so they could be awarded government contracts.

Freeman and Hughes are accused of paying thousands in cash bribes, travel expenses, and other gifts to Gilmore and Ballard.

The sealed indictment that charges them states the activity started around the mid-1990's and continued until about late April 2009.
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