Kansas City, Kan. A Blue Springs, Mo., company is accused of falsely claiming its top official was a disabled veteran in order to land government contracts intended for firms owned by disabled vets.
The U.S. attorney's office in Kansas announced charges Thursday against Warren Parker, Mary Parker, Michael Parker, Thomas Whitehead and Silver Star Construction LLC.
An indictment unsealed Thursday says Warren Parker fraudulently claimed to the government he was a highly decorated, disabled Vietnam War vet. Prosecutors say Silver Star Construction was awarded more than $7.5 million in contracts set aside for disabled veteran-owned companies.
Prosecutors say Warren Parker served five years in the Missouri National Guard and did not have disabled veteran status.
Calls left Thursday for Warren Parker and Michael Parker at Silver Star were not immediately returned.