Owners Of Ibis Tek Sentenced To Prison For Defrauding Department Of Defense


U.S. Attorney Soo C. Song announced Tuesday two Pennsylvania men were sentenced to 30 years months in prison and 24 years in prison on charges of income tax evasion violations and a major fraud against the U.S. Department of Defense.

Sixty-six-year-old Thomas G. Buckner of Gibsonia, Pennsylvania and his brother, John P. Buckner of Lyndora, Pennsylvania owned Ibis Tek, LLC, a Pennsylvania-based company that specialized in commercial and military products.

PrisonWarren, Michigan-based TACOM oversaw contracts on behalf of the Department of Justice, including contracts for Humvees. Ibis Tek had a subcontract to manufacturer VEE window kits for Humvees. The defendants raised the production costs of the VEE window kits, by creating a company known as Alloy America, LLC, which was utilized to purchase $20 frames from China. To avoid detection, the defendants utilized fraudulent invoices from Alloy to inflate the price of the frames to $70 each, according to court documents.

The defendants also sold scrap aluminum without reporting the proceeds to TACOM, resulting in a $6,085,709 loss. Thomas and John Bucker repaid the Internal Revenue Service $1,920,000 in restitution. They also agreed on a civil settlement of $12,171,580, which has been paid in full.

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