Air Force employee guilty of sharing bid information on Scott AFB contracts

James Gillis, 60, of Maryville, pleaded guilty to a charge of government procurement fraud in federal court in East St. Louis, admitting he knowingly disclosed confidential information to private companies bidding on contracts at Scott Air Force Base.

United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Donald S. Boyce, said today that Gillis was the chief of project management for the 375th Civil Engineering Squadron at Scott Air Force Base. The information he shared gave an unfair competitive advantage to the companies receiving the information, according to Boyce. Gillis received lunch and baseball tickets in connection with providing the confidential information.

Gillis’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for March 23 at the federal courthouse in East St. Louis. The crime of government procurement fraud is punishable by up to five years of imprisonment, a fine of up to $250,000, not more than three years of supervised release, and restitution.

The investigation was conducted by agents from the United States Air Force Office of Special Investigations, Procurement Fraud Investigations. The case isbeing prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael J. Quinley.

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