Coweta man gets federal contracts meant for vets

5:28 PM, Jun 20, 2013   |    comments
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NEWNAN, Ga. -- A Coweta County man has been sentenced to two years in prison for fraudulently obtaining government construction contracts reserved for veterans with service-related disabilities.

Arthur W. Singleton, 63, owned a construction firm named "Singleton Enterprises" and had over 30 years of experience in the construction industry. According to United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates, in 2007 Singleton approached a Vietnam veteran who was bedridden from surgeries related to his combat injuries and advocated a business that would exploit the veteran's disabled status to obtain federal government contracts that were reserved exclusively for companies owned and run by service-disabled veterans. Once the veteran agreed to the scheme, Singleton formed two companies using the veteran's name.

From Sept. 2007 to Sept. 2008, Singleton entered into contracts with the Department of Veterans Affair, the Department of Agriculture, the United States Coast Guard and the United States Army Corps of Engineers to perform construction work around the country. From these contracts, Singleton received more than $1.5 million.

Singleton pleaded guilty to one count of making false documents on April 15, 2013. On Thursday, he was sentenced to two years in prison which will also be followed by two years of supervised release. He was also ordered to pay $181,000 in restitution fees

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