A federal grand jury has indicted Micheline Pollock, the former head of Dover Vantage, a U.S. construction company, on charges of fraud on military contracts related to the building of military and humanitarian facilities in Africa.
A 98-count indictment was announced against Pollock on Thursday by Robert S. Brewer Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of California. Of the 98 counts in the indictment, one is for conspiracy to defraud the U.S., 34 are for wire fraud, and the remaining 63 are for aggravated identity theft. The federal prosecutors allege that Pollock and other company officials engaged in these fraudulent activities from 2011 to 2018.
Dover Vantage had won contracts for the Army Corps of Engineers and Navy Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC). The contracts included a maternity ward and a school for the deaf in Togo.
According to a statement by the U.S. Attorney’s office, the indictment alleges that Pollock and other officials at Dover Vantage filed certified quality-control work that was never carried out, submitted fraudulent concrete strength-test results, submitted résumés of fictitious employees, and filed fraudulent claims for construction that were either never done or didn’t meet specifications.