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More corruption charges

More corruption charges

(Cleveland) - A 65-count superseding indictment was filed today charging the former director of the Cleveland VA Medical Centers with a scheme to enrich himself and his fellow suspects by working as a consultant.

Investigators say 61 year old William Montague of Brecksville took money from a design firm pursuing more than $1 billion in VA contracts, and shared confidential information about VA construction projects while still employed by the VA.

Montague is now charged with conspiracy to commit honest services fraud, Hobbs Act conspiracy, violating the Hobbs Act and additional counts of mail and wire fraud.

“As a Veterans Affairs Medical Center Director, William Montague misled staff and misused his position to enrich himself and businesses pursuing contracts with the Veterans Administration,” said Stephen D. Anthony, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Cleveland Office. “The new charges against Montague reflect law enforcement’s continued dedication to root out corruption at any level.”

“VA directors who use their official position for personal enrichment will be held to account,” said Gavin McClaren, United States Department of Veterans Affairs - Office of Inspector General, Resident Agent in Charge, Cleveland. “Our nation’s veterans deserve public officials and contracts who serve veterans’ needs and not their own.”

Montague served as director of the Cleveland VA Medical Center from 1995 until Feb. 3, 2010. On March 11, 2011, Montague began working as director of the Dayton VA Medical Center, a position he held through Dec. 17, 2011, according to the indictment.

investigators claim the superseding indictment details interactions between Montague and a company identified as Business 75, an integrated design firm with offices throughout the United States, including New York, Illinois, Virginia, Missouri and California.

The company performed work for the VA directly and through its participation in joint ventures and other teaming agreements, according to the indictment.

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