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September 15, 1992 | CRISTINA LEE
2 Accused of Defrauding Government: Two owners of a Temecula company were charged in a criminal complaint Monday with conspiring to defraud the U.S. Small Business Administration of $175,600. Craig A. Vaz and Howard K. James, owners of Paragon Pacific Contractors Inc., are accused of cooperating with a Laguna Niguel construction consultant, John R. Sevier III, in a kickback scheme, Assistant U.S. Atty. Nathan J. Hochman said.
BUSINESS
July 11, 1992 | CRISTINA LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Laguna Niguel construction consultant was charged Friday with masterminding a kickback scheme that defrauded the U.S. Small Business Administration of $175,000. A federal grand jury in Los Angeles indicted John R. Sevier III, 41, on 24 felony counts for his role in the scheme, which involved inflated bills on three U.S. government contracts, said U.S. Atty. Lourdes G. Baird of the federal Central District Court in Los Angeles.
BUSINESS
July 14, 1992 | CRISTINA LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John R. Sevier III, an Orange County construction consultant indicted last week on charges that he masterminded a kickback scheme that defrauded the U.S. Small Business Administration, has been arrested and released on bail. A federal grand jury indicted Sevier on Friday on 24 felony counts for his role in the $175,000 scheme, which involved inflated billing on three U.S. government projects. Late that evening, he was arrested at his Laguna Niguel home, Assistant U.S. Atty. Nathan J.
BUSINESS
August 25, 1992 | CRISTINA LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Laguna Niguel construction consultant accused of masterminding a scheme that defrauded the U.S. Small Business Administration of $175,600 pleaded guilty Monday to submitting false claims and soliciting illegal kickbacks. John R. Sevier III, 41, pleaded guilty to three counts of submitting false claims to the government and three counts of soliciting illegal kickbacks. In return for his guilty plea, prosecutors agreed to drop 18 other charges against him.
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