Interior Designer Gets 18 Months In ICE Fraud Case

Law360, New York (July 14, 2011, 2:59 PM EDT) -- An interior designer was sentenced to 18 months in prison Wednesday in Washington for lying to the federal government in order to get and keep a $1.3 million contract to renovate an Immigration and Customs Enforcement building.

Darlene Mathis-Gardner, the founder of D.C.-area design firm Systems Design Inc., pled guilty in April to charges of conspiracy to defraud the federal government and making false claims. She admitted to lying about her company's past experience in order to get the ICE contract and then, while fulfilling the...
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