On Wednesday, it was announced that a federal grand jury in the District of New Mexico had returned an 11-count indictment against a former procurement officer at Sandia National Laboratories. The nuclear research and development facility is used by the Department of Energy. The defendant has been accused of orchestrating a scheme to acquire a $2.3 million contract through fraudulent means. 55-year-old Carla Sena of Albuquerque, New Mexico has been changed with seven counts of money laundering, one count of major fraud against the United States and three counts of wire fraud.
The indictment explains that Sandia National Laboratories was managed and operated by Sandia Corporation at the time. In late 2010, Sena was put in charge of Sandia’s bidding process for a contract for moving services at SNL. The defendant created New Mexico Express Movers LLC and prepared a bid on behalf of Movers LLC. She submitted the bid under someone else’s name to hide her involvement.
The defendant made several material and fraudulent misrepresentations in the bid that should have resulted in disqualification. However, she used her position with Sandia to ensure these misrepresentations went unnoticed. She also accessed documents and information from other bidders and used it ensure the contract would be awarded to Movers LLC.
The defendant’s actions caused Movers LLC to receive $2.3 million in DOE funds. It is alleged that between December 2011 and April 2015, the defendant transferred at least $643,000 of the fraudulent proceeds to legitimate businesses owned by her father. At this point in time, the defendant is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law. Additional details can be found here.