WASHINGTON — Federal agents have seized time cards, computer tapes, microfilm and documents at a Northrop plant in Georgia as part of a grand jury investigation into allegations that the Los Angeles-based aerospace firm may have defrauded the government, the FBI said Tuesday.
While declining to disclose the scope of the inquiry, officials said the raid was conducted Monday by agents from the Air Force Office of Special Investigations with help from FBI agents and U.S. Postal Service inspectors.
Weldon L. Kennedy, special agent in charge of the Atlanta FBI field office, said materials seized during the nine-hour raid at the Warner Robins, Ga., facility may constitute "evidence of a conspiracy to defraud the government" in violation of federal laws prohibiting false statements, mail fraud and wire fraud.
Grand Jury Investigation
Kennedy said the material will be presented to a federal grand jury at Macon.
The Associated Press quoted Assistant U.S. Atty. Miriam Duke as saying that "it is a criminal investigation." She added that the investigation involves "mischarging of labor costs on defense contracts" but did not say how much the government may have been overcharged.