Family pleads not guilty to defrauding NSA

May 20, 2011|By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun

Seventy-year-old William Turley and his two children — Donald Turley, 53; and Christina Turley Knott, 50 — pleaded not guilty Friday in Baltimore's U.S. District Court to charges they used their Maryland manufacturing business to overbill the National Security Agency by $1.5 million over 11 years.

The Turleys are accused of instructing employees of The Bechdon Company, based in Upper Marlboro, to lie about how long they worked on unclassified NSA contracts, starting in 1997 and continuing through 2008.

Their alleged crimes were discovered after Donald and William Turley applied for security clearances in 2006 and 2007, each admitting during the required polygraph exams that they had manipulated time sheets, according to the indictment against them.

Knott left the company in 2005, according to court records, after her co-defendants discovered that she was cheating them by allegedly embezzling $4.5 million from 2002 through 2005, according to the family's federal indictment.

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