COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) -- A federal jury has convicted a former Fort
Benning civilian employee accused of funneling more than $4 million
in military contracts to a company headed by his sister.
Brandy Donini-Melanson of the U.S. Attorney's Office in Boston
says Allen Thrower, 58, of Fortson, was found guilty on Wednesday
of nine counts of wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to defraud
the United States after a weeklong trial. He faces up to 20 years
in prison for each wire fraud count, five years of supervised
release and a $250,000 fine.
Thrower's sister, 55-year-old Marie Cimino of Groveland, Mass.,
pleaded guilty in February to making false statements to a
government agency and received two years' probation.
Thrower's sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 21.
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