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Thursday, January 25, 2018 12:20 pm

At least 15 indicted in tuition assistance scam involving BAE

MATTHEW LEBLANC | The Journal Gazette

Five more employees of a British defense contractor with operations in Fort Wayne were indicted this week on federal charges in an alleged scheme to defraud the company through a tuition assistance program. 

That brings the total number of employees who have been indicted to at least 15.

The case filed in December in U.S. District Court in Fort Wayne says employees signed up for classes through the program but pocketed thousands of dollars in tuition money and never took the classes. 

A grand jury returned indictments Dec. 19 for Andre Hollis, Damon Bryant, Dawaun Jackson, Demarcus Benson, Calvin Howell, Tennille Bright, Keyana Brooks, Jason Butz, Frank Martin III and Leamon Perry. Stephanie Dates, David Rinderle, Latonya Smith, Nicholas Young and Amber Szajna were indicted Wednesday, according to court documents. 

The indictments do not name the company, but BAE Systems issued a statement this week confirming it fired the workers named in court documents in 2016. 

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mleblanc@jg.net