A Leesburg man
faces up to five years in prison after pleading guilty Monday to conspiracy to
commit wire fraud and major government fraud. He also agreed to testify against
other suspects in the conspiracy.
As part of the plea agreement, Anthony R. Bilby, 40, forfeited more than $1 million obtained through the conspiracy.
According to a statement of facts filed with the plea, Bilby worked for two small businesses owned by veterans disabled in service and participated in a ploy to fraudulently gain government contracts. In addition to influencing competitors to inflating bids on contracts, Bilby worked with conspirators within the government, according to the statement of facts. The scheme resulted in the award of more than $33 million in federal contracts via fraud, according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice.
Co-conspirator Thomas S. Flynn pleaded guilty in October.