VA Contracts Fraudulently Awarded to New Jersey Woman

Woman sentenced to 37 months for bribing VA official

Source:, published July 13, 2015

TRENTON — A Hopewell woman was sentenced to 37 months in prison for bribing a former Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) supervisory engineer at the VA’s campus in East Orange, New Jersey, in order to fraudulently obtain $6 million in construction contracts, including those reserved for service-disabled, veteran owned small businesses, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Donna Doremus, 47, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Mary L. Cooper to three counts of a four-count information charging her with one count of bribing a public official, one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States and two counts of making and subscribing to false federal tax returns. Judge Cooper imposed the sentence Monday in Trenton federal court.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court: The bribes were paid in connection with VA contracts awarded to companies Ms. Doremus owned. She also admitted to a conspiracy to defraud the United States by falsely representing that one of her companies was owned and controlled by a service-disabled veteran.  MORE…

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