Family charged with defrauding NSA of almost $1.5 million

Initial appearances to be scheduled later

May 12, 2011|By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun

Three members of a Maryland family — a father and two of his children — were federally indicted this week on charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud for allegedly overbilling the National Security Agency by nearly $1.5 million.

William Turley, 70, of Annapolis; Donald Turley, 53, of Owings Mills; and Christina Turley Knott, 50, of Edgewater are all charged with the conspiracy, which carries a maximum 20-year prison term. The scheme involved inflating the hours their employees worked for the NSA, according to the indictment.

The two men are also charged with wire fraud, punishable by up to 20 years in prison. Knott is accused of embezzling $4.5 million from the family manufacturing business — identified by The Sun as The Bechdon Company Inc. based in Upper Marlboro — and is charged separately with subscribing to a false tax return for not declaring the stolen funds as income. It carries a maximum three-year term.

The indictment, returned Tuesday, seeks the forfeiture of $1.5 million from the defendants — who could not be reached Wednesday night — along with properties in Maryland and Florida.

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