Clackamas man charged with fraud at Oregon National Guard
The civilian manager for an Oregon National Guard program has been accused of bilking the U.S. Department of Defense out of $6.4 million.
Clackamas County resident Dominic Caputo, 46, faces four counts of wire fraud and one count of making false statements in a document, according to an indictment.
Prosecutors say Caputo's scheme occured while he worked as the sustainment maintenance site manager at Camp Withycombe.
They allege he submitted reimbursement claims for $6.4 million for work that was never done on over 1,300 engines, generators and other mechanical equipment from 2012 to 2014.
Caputo apparently told his employees to use their government credit cards to buy equipment that had already been reimbursed by the feds, and at times ordered workers to remove serial numbers from equipment to throw supervisors off his trail.
The allegedly false claims were submitted to the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command, and allegedly impacted the "war-ready" status of certain equipment.
Caputo appeared in U.S. District Court on Monday, Sept. 17. A trial date has been set for November of this year.