Contractor agrees to settlement with U.S.

Baltimore & Region

December 29, 2005

A Bethesda-based government contractor will pay $1.2 million to settle accusations that it overcharged the U.S. Agency for International Development in three contracts for overseas economic development, according to the U.S. attorney's office.

The settlement, announced yesterday with Development Alternatives Inc., came after an investigation by USAID's Office of Inspector General and the Maryland U.S. attorney's office. Two of the contracts, signed in 1996 and 1997, involved economic assistance programs in postwar Bosnia-Herzegovina. The third contract, signed in 1995, involved a program to encourage financial institutions to increase the flow of credit to small businesses in developing countries.

Based on its investigation, the government concluded that Development Alternatives had overcharged USAID for training materials and received an excess amount of $517,732.

Development Alternatives did not admit to fraud as part of the settlement, according to federal prosecutors.

Matthew Dolan

Maryland: Harford County

Pa. man, 79, killed in collision

A Pennsylvania man was killed Tuesday afternoon in a two-vehicle collision in northeastern Harford County, state police at Bel Air said. Paul A. Miller, 79, of Delta was pronounced dead at the scene after his Chevrolet pickup collided with a Ford pickup about 12:15 p.m. at Route 136 and Line Road in Whiteford, the police said. The driver of the Ford, John Ennis III, 27, of Sparrows Point refused treatment, the police said.

Justin Fenton

Baltimore: Cherry Hill

Police investigate fatal shooting

Police were without a suspect or a motive in the shooting late Tuesday of an East Baltimore man who died yesterday morning in a hospital. Michael Dredden, 19, of the 1200 block of Lindenleaf Court in the Somerset Court homes near North Broadway, was shot in the shoulder about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 2700 block of Round Road in Cherry Hill, then fled to a house in the nearby 2700 block of Bookert Drive, where police found him, said Agent Donny Moses, a police spokesman. Dredden was taken by ambulance to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he died about 1 a.m. yesterday. Anyone with information is asked to call Metro Crime Stoppers at 866-756-2587.

Baltimore County: Hereford

Body found along I-83 is identified

The body of a man found shot and burned early Saturday along Interstate 83 has been identified, Baltimore County police said. The body is that of Wesley Cleon Person, 26, of Steelton, Pa., police said. At 1:26 a.m. Dec. 24, a motorist saw a fire along southbound I-83 between Mount Carmel and Middletown roads. Person's body was found after firefighters extinguished the blaze, police said. Someone in southern Pennsylvania recognized Person after seeing an artist's drawing of the victim released by police. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call county police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 866-756-2587.

Nick Shields

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