WASHINGTON — General Electric Co., the nation's fourth-largest defense contractor, was indicted today on charges that it defrauded the government of about $800,000 on contracts for a nuclear warhead system, the Justice Department said.
A statement by U.S. Atty. Edward S. G. Dennis, released here by the Justice Department's Criminal Division, said the indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Philadelphia charged the company with four counts of "making and presenting false claims to the United States" in violation of the U.S. Code.
Also charged in the indictment were GE employee Joseph Calabria and former GE employee Roy Baessler. Each was charged on two counts of "making false declarations" before a federal grand jury, he said.
Earlier, a GE company spokesmen denied any criminal wrongdoing on GE's part but acknowledged that a 4-year-old investigation into billing procedures at its aerospace group could lead to an indictment.