Ex-Boeing worker, Everett businessman indicted for 'inside info'
EVERETT, Wash. -- A former Boeing procurement officer and an Everett airplane parts manufacturer are facing federal charges, accused of using insider information to secure big contracts with Boeing.
Inside an 11-page federal indictment, prosecutors allege a scheme of trading inside information in exchange for cash.
The common thread throughout the indictment is former Boeing employee Deon Anderson. The former procurement officer who worked for Boeing from October of 2009 to May of 2013 was based in St. Louis, where Boeing has multiple military projects.
Prosecutors allege Anderson used his position and Boeing's inside information to help Jeffrey Lavelle -- owner and operator of Everett's JL Manufacturing -- secure winning bids. Out of nine bids, the court documents allege JL Manufacturing secured seven bids for Boeing military aircraft jobs worth $2 million.
KOMO 4 visited JL Manufacturing's Everett machine shop on Tuesday. Employees told us they were instructed not to speak to the media and said their boss, Jeffrey Lavelle, was not in the office.
The company's website says it specializes in hard metals and makes airplane components. Its website lists awards including one from Boeing naming them subcontractor of the year in 1997.
Reached by phone on Tuesday, Lavelle initially declined an interview, saying he doesn't know what else he could add and that he was in the process of trying to figure out the details of the indictment. He said he wanted to think about whether he would comment. So far, we've not heard back from Lavelle.
The federal indictment filed in St. Louis this week says Anderson received cash payments in exchange for "competitor bid information" and "historical price information" for Boeing military aircraft part purchase orders.
In the court documents Prosecutors said the "scheme" happened without Boeing's knowledge. A statement from Boeing reads: "Boeing has fully cooperated with law enforcement officials throughout their investigative process and we will continue to provide our full cooperation as the case moves forward."
Anderson left Boeing in May, the same time the FBI reportedly raided JL Manufacturing's Everett machine shop. Prosecutors allege the information trading began in May of 2011, and continued thru April of this year.
The indictment also accuses the former Boeing worker of sharing insider information in exchange for money with a California parts manufacturer and a Las Vegas consultant worth $1.5 million.