FBI building contractor pleads guilty to fraud in Ohio

FBI building contractor pleads guilty to fraud in Ohio


AKRON, Ohio (AP/WATE) - An Ohio man has pleaded guilty to defrauding more than $225,000 from contractors involved in FBI building projects in Knoxville and Indianapolis, Ind.

Robert Berryhill, 51, of Aurora pleaded guilty to nine counts Tuesday in Akron federal court. The judge scheduled sentencing for July 30.

Berryhill was charged with mail and wire fraud, aggravated identity theft and posing as an FBI employee. The fraud allegedly involved phony businesses and invoices.

The government says Berryhill's employer also was a victim of the fraud.

Berryhill worked for Carnegie Management and Development Corp. of Westlake, which won the contract to build a new Knoxville FBI officer in 2007.

Berryhill was accused of submitting invoices worth over $225,000, some of them in the name of a company hired to his classic Corvette.

Carnegie Management and Development Corp. says Berryhill was fired in 2009 and the FBI was alerted when an audit detected alleged fraud.

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