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Veteran, 3 others sentenced for defrauding local VA

Four people in Anchorage were convicted of defrauding the federal government in a scheme that involved illegal bribes for contracts reserved for veteran-owned businesses. The crimes took place between 2014 and 2016, and involved a local business owner giving nearly $30,000 in kickbacks to a Veterans Affairs employee who then doled out preferential contracts. On Tuesday, the U.S. Attorney’s office in Alaska announced sentences in the case. Anchorage residents Donald Garner, 50, Richard Vaughan, 74, Yalonda Moore, 52, and Dale Johnson, 50, all pleaded guilty to charges stemming from the case. Garner and Vaughan were both sentenced to a year in federal prison with three and five years of supervision after release, respectively, along with $347,000 in restitution owed to the federal government. Johnson will spend five years on probation, and Moore three years. Vaughan worked as a contract officer representative at the VA and oversaw awards. According to a federal plea agreement, Garner met with Vaughan at a Muldoon parking lot in 2014 and paid him a cash bribe of $10,000 for a guarantee that his business, Veteran Ability, would be granted government contracts through the VA. Under U.S. law, the Small Business Administration reserves a portion of federal prime and subcontracted awards for businesses primarily owned and operated by military veterans with service-connected disabilities. Garner’s company was not certified in that program, but according to prosecutors, he made an arrangement for Dale Johnson’s company, Adaleco, to bid on contracts and act as a “pass through” entity. Adaleco would apply for the special veteran-owned small business contracts, Vaughan would award them, then Garner’s company would carry out the services and collect most of the money, in the process paying Johnson $54,302 in kickbacks, according to court documents. From 2015 to 2017, according to the plea agreement, Garner paid bribes amounting to $29,235 directly to Vaughan. One of those was related to a multi-year contract for snow removal at VA facilities. The

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U.S. Marines Approve Only 2 Out of 3,212 Religious Exemption Applications for the COVID Vaccine

The following article, U.S. Marines Approve Only 2 Out of 3,212 Religious Exemption Applications for the COVID Vaccine, was first published on Big League Politics. The U.S. Marines have only accepted two applications for a religious exemption to the COVID-19 vaccine out of 3,212 applications that have been filed and processed. “Due to privacy considerations, we are unable to discuss the specifics of any individual requests,” Capt. Andrew Wood stated in an email on Thursday. 45 Marines were discharged last week over their refusal to submit to the experimental vaccines that have been wholly ineffective in keeping COVID case totals down. Currently there have been 334 discharges overall over refusal to submit to the jab. Marine Corps Commandant Gen. David Berger continues to regurgitate familiar Big Pharma talking points demonizing those who wish to refuse. “You have to ask each individual Marines their reason why,” Berger said while appearing at the Aspen Security Forum. “But I think we’re challenged by disinformation … that still swirls around about where the genesis, how did this vaccine get approved, is it safe is it ethical ― all that swirls around on the internet and they see all that they read all that,” he added. Big League Politics has reported on the total collapse of confidence among the American public with the Armed Forces: “A new poll shows that more Americans have lost confidence in the military than ever before, as the Armed Forces go woke and lose wars in total disgrace. The Ronald Reagan Institute released their national defense survey last week indicating that only 45 percent of Americans have a “great deal” of trust in their military institutions. Public confidence has fallen 25 points – down from 70 percent only three years ago. It has sunk 11 points since Biden seized power

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China sends 39 warplanes toward Taiwan, largest in new year

TAIPEI, Taiwan — China flew 39 warplanes toward Taiwan in its largest such sortie of the new year, continuing a pattern that the island has answered by scrambling its own jets in response. The formation Sunday night included 24 J-16 fighter jets and 10 J-10 jets, among other support aircraft …

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