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Monday, May 14, 2018 4:42 pm

2 plead guilty in wire-fraud case

Matthew LeBlanc | The Journal Gazette

Two employees of a defense contractor with offices in Fort Wayne admitted in federal court Monday to stealing from the company through a tuition assistance program.

Robin C. Opper and Terrell Ward-Thomas each pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Fort Wayne to one count of wire fraud.

Opper also admitted to helping co-workers use proprietary software provided by the company, BAE Systems, net more than $500,000 through the scheme. He admitted to pocketing $37,500 in tuition money for classes he never took.

Ward-Thomas admitted to stealing $6,750 from the program, which provided up-front payments for college classes.

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