Contractor convicted of over-charging Air Force by $300K

Wednesday - 2/8/2012, 9:59am EST

A military contractor was convicted after admitting he sent a phony bill to the Air Force for $300,000.

The Air Force Office of Special Investigations says Charles R. Priestley, 48, who operated Louisiana-based Hummingbird Aviation, was contracted to build and service helicopters for use in Afghanistan.

An interagency team of investigators found the company had over-charged for work that hadn't been done.

Priestley was sentenced to five years of probation and must repay the $300,000 to the U.S. Transportation Command, which is based out of Scott Air Force Base, Ill. He will also have to pay $4,000 in fines.

The Air Force says they're committed to fighting fraud and helping the branch meet its missions.

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