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Fayetteville woman convicted after cheating on NC, US military

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RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) – A Fayetteville woman has been sentenced to nine years in prison for multimillion-dollar contract fraud.

Stephanie Dianna Elliott, 45, pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of wire fraud and money laundering arising out of plans to defraud the US Department of Defense and businesses in the Eastern District of North Carolina in September 2021.

Court documents from 2011 through 2020 state that Elliott used more than a dozen aliases and more than a dozen business entities to obtain more than 1,000 federal defense contracts worth more than $2.2 million.

The indictment against her alleges that Elliott lied about shipping supplies to the US military.

It has been alleged that Elliott and the companies she controls have been banned from federal procurement four times. She got around this by using aliases and fake company names to win more federal contracts.

Elliott has also been accused of defrauding the state of North Carolina and other state governments.

In these systems, Elliott would bid on contracts to supply groceries and other goods.

She would then get third party suppliers to deliver the goods to the state. According to court documents, Elliot kept the money she was awarded by the state and didn’t pay the third-party vendors.

“We are committed to protecting our business community and military from unscrupulous contractors. We will vigorously prosecute anyone who attempts to harass the good men and women of the U.S. armed forces,” U.S. Attorney Michael Easley Jr. said in a press release.

Elliot was accused of cheating on DOD for over a decade.

Michael Easley, US Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, made the announcement. The Department of Defense Office of Inspector General, the Defense Criminal Investigative Service and the General Services Administration, Office of Inspector General are investigating the case and Assistant US Attorney Toby Lathan is prosecuted in the case.

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DUSTIN JONES

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