NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Federal charges were unsealed today in a case involving a Hampton-based business, its owner and employees, and their alleged involvement in an extensive procurement fraud scheme involving millions of dollars in government contracts targeting the Department of Defense and other federal government agencies.
According to allegations in the unsealed indictment, from at least 2011 through at least 2018, Iris Kim, Inc., (aka I-Tek), owner Beyung S. Kim, 61, of Newport News, and employees Seung Kim, 30, of Newport News, Dongjin Park, 53, of Yorktown, Chang You, 61, of Yorktown, Pyongkon Pak, 53, of Toano, and Li-Ling Tu, 57, of China, engaged in a conspiracy and scheme related to certain government contracts for which I-Tek acted as a supplier of goods, including items for the U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Army, U.S. Coast Guard, and the National Guards of various states, among other agencies.
Based on the invoices submitted related to the contracts in this indictment, the United States paid I-Tek approximately $8.1 million from around January 2012 through about December 2018. The United States paid I-Tek approximately $24 million for the entirety of the contracts I-Tek supplied during this same time period, with over $20 million in revenue resulting from contracts where I-Tek obtained goods from China.
According to the indictment, these government contracts had certain set-aside preferences and source of good requirements. The indictment alleges that the defendants acted to defraud the United States by fraudulently importing goods into the United States that were made in China, in violation of the terms of these contracts. The defendants then falsely relabeled these goods as if they were made in the United States. The indictment further alleges that the defendants acted through a separate nominee company to conceal the importing of goods from China and installed a nominee officer of I-Tek in order to be able to fraudulently qualify for certain set-aside contracts.
G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Raymond Villanueva, Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations; Robert E. Craig, Special Agent in Charge for the Defense Criminal Investigative Service’s (DCIS) Mid-Atlantic Field Office; and Gregory Scovel, Special Agent in Charge of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) Norfolk Field Office, made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian J. Samuels and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Mattis are prosecuting the case.
The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of the Inspector General and the U.S. Department of State provided significant assistance to this case.
A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Related court documents and information are located on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 4:20-cr-57.
An indictment is merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.