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Workers admit roles in fraudulent invoices on vessels

GULFPORT — Two former supervisors at Ingalls Shipbuilding pleaded guilty to charges of failing to report the fraudulent charging of time and labor for work on U.S. Coast Guard and Navy vessels at the Pascagoula shipyard.

The Sun Herald reports 52-year-old Neil Holden and 41-year-old Robert Gardner Jr. waived indictment and pleaded guilty Wednesday to a bill of information charging them with misprision of felony. They are scheduled for sentencing Sept. 24.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Golden said Holden and Gardner repeatedly failed to report the submission of false and fraudulent invoices by employees related to the construction of hulls on Navy and Coast Guard vessels. The investigation resulted in a $1 million loss to the government and led to the firing of more than 20 Ingalls employees, including Holden and Gardner.

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