Former DOD Subcontractor Facing Federal Indictment for Allegedly Submitting False Claims for Hours Worked

December 10, 2019

False Claims Allegedly Resulted in an Overpayment of More Than $100,000

A federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging Melissa Heyer, age 44, of Gaithersburg, Maryland, with submitting false claims to the United States, specifically for claiming to have worked hours on a government contract when she allegedly was not at work.

The indictment was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Robert K. Hur; Teresa A. Moses, Assistant Inspector General for Investigations, Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)- Office of Inspector General (OIG); and Special Agent in Charge Robert E. Craig, Jr., of the Defense Criminal Investigative Service – Mid-Atlantic Field Office.

Company A was a subcontractor for Company B, providing employees that performed national security duties for the Department of Defense (DOD). From January 2017 until March 2019, Heyer worked for Company A, but was assigned on a day-to-day basis to work for the DOD on national security matters at the National Security Agency (NSA), in Fort Meade, Maryland.

According to the five-count indictment, from January 2017 through March 2019, Heyer held a Top Secret-Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI) security clearance and performed her duties for Company A and the DOD at a sensitive compartmented information facility (SCIF) at the NSA facility where she worked. She used a badge reader to gain access to the SCIF. The indictment alleges that on at least five occasions between January 2017 and March 2019, Heyer falsely represented to her employer that she had been working at the NSA SCIF when she was actually elsewhere. Heyer allegedly caused false claims to be submitted to the DOD that resulted in the government paying more than $100,000 to Company A, Company B, and Heyer, to which they and Heyer were not entitled.

If convicted, Heyer faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison for each of the five counts of making a false claim. Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after taking into account the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors. At today’s initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, Chief U.S. Magistrate Judge Beth P. Gesner ordered that Heyer be detained pending a detention hearing scheduled for Wednesday, December 11, 2019.

An indictment is not a finding of guilt. An individual charged by indictment is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at some later criminal proceedings.

United States Attorney Robert K. Hur commended the DIA OIG and DCIS for their work on the investigation and thanked the U.S. CYBERCOM Office of Inspector General for its assistance. Mr. Hur thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Harry M. Gruber, who is prosecuting the case.

21 Responses to Former DOD Subcontractor Facing Federal Indictment for Allegedly Submitting False Claims for Hours Worked

  1. Anonymous on December 10, 2019 at 4:27 am

    Stupid twit! You HAD a good job making decent money and your sorry ass got greedy!
    I hope they lock you up for a long time!

  2. Anonymous on December 10, 2019 at 5:52 am

    So she roughly made 7k~, but companies A and B made 92k? Their rates seem a bit excessive.

  3. WeThePeople on December 10, 2019 at 6:22 am

    If you really want to go after individuals who defraud the government go after Members of Congress. They were hired/elected to work for The Nation. However, many of them spend most of their time trying to stay in power and neglect the work they were actually sent to do. I guess only certain people are exempt from prosecution of greed and corruption, Members of Congress.

  4. Opionated on December 10, 2019 at 6:28 am

    Why isn’t anybody leaving any comments on this story! Because you all are guilty! It’s about time DOD puts the hammer down on accountability!

    • YourMomZaenus on December 10, 2019 at 12:25 pm

      Why can’t you spell “opinionated”?

    • Anonymous on December 10, 2019 at 4:08 pm

      You’re an idiot and the fact that you don’t know how the comments section work proves my point.

    • Jimmy V. on December 12, 2019 at 2:55 pm

      “Opiumated”? Idiot.

  5. The REAL Truth on December 10, 2019 at 8:00 am

    If they ever did an audit at Pax, this would be peanuts!

    • I just saying. on December 10, 2019 at 1:36 pm

      It’s a nationwide problem. The individuals in power in Saint Mary’s County, Tech, Wesbter Field, Judges, Pax River, etc. it all depends on what color you are.

    • Anonymous on December 10, 2019 at 4:52 pm

      Why are you posting this on here and not reporting this to the proper authorities? If you know for a fact that employees are charging time they are not working that is fraud waste and abuse. I have worked on base for over 20 years and in that time I only know of one employee that was accused and found guilty of charging time they weren’t working. He was fired and made to reimburse the contractor/government for the time he claimed but did not work.

      • BobsYourUncle on December 12, 2019 at 3:01 pm

        Get off my case, I was the scapegoat for the rest of the division. It was a kangaroo court. I was framed, framed I tell ya!

    • Anonymous on December 10, 2019 at 8:44 pm

      I call bs. If you had any proof you would be entitled to compensation. But no, you’re just a troll who couldn’t qualify to work there.

      • Anonymous on December 16, 2019 at 5:02 am

        Doubt the individual wants to file a FWAC allegation unless they’re halfway out the door to retirement. BTW, the case will take 5 years to solve so will the 10% be worth anything then?

  6. Anonymous on December 10, 2019 at 8:53 am

    I absolutely agree with the Peanuts comment…. They have a 729 club… At work for 7 hours but Actually work 2 and put in for 9 hours so they have their CWS OFF EVERY other Friday

  7. Only Me on December 10, 2019 at 1:42 pm

    I am not surprise! Many of them in St. Mary’s County steals everyday. Judges, Webster Field, Pax River, etc. However, they need to lock her ass up for life I hope. ONE OF TRUMPS GIRLS I CAN DO WHAT EVER I WANT.

    • Are you sure? on December 11, 2019 at 7:38 am

      I thought Biden, and Clinton were the ones who did whatever they wanted.

  8. Anonymous on December 11, 2019 at 8:36 am

    ……my…my.. Who woke this bunch up ? made these math wizards jump… up (laying around long enough some people figure these things out)

  9. Anonymous on December 16, 2019 at 12:20 pm

    …every few years you’ll hear about another slick person get this used car/vehicle brain storm sales type ideal ! hey…if I and then few months…years later they go on vacation ..and this new temp.worker filling in fines that math doesn,t add up !

  10. Anonymous on December 16, 2019 at 6:25 pm

    A reminder that i understand would make a victim hesitant to report a crime. When the criminal justice system takes away, it doesnt’ replace. So if the SA, if the judge, hauls your daddy off-to-jail, you dont get a replacement daddy, you dont get replacement family.

    • Anonymous on December 19, 2019 at 1:23 pm

      What the heck are you trying to say?

  11. Anonymous on December 18, 2019 at 6:08 pm

    wow, shes so close… to being Melissa Hoyer.