Ex-contract officer indicted on nepotism-related charges
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) -- A former government contracting officer has been indicted on charges that she successfully pressured a contractor to hire multiple family members.
Fifty-one-year-old Helen Renee Ballard of Brandywine, Maryland, was indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury in Alexandria on wire fraud and other charges. Her husband, 55-year-old Robert S. Ballard, was also indicted.
Prosecutors say the scheme netted $1.3 million.
Renee Ballard was director of the General Services Administration's Central Office Contracting Division from 2006 through 2011.
According to the indictment, she persuaded Arlington-based contractor CACI to hire her husband to a $140,000 job and inflated his credentials. She also convinced CACI to hire her brother, sister-in-law and father to jobs with annual pay ranging from $62,000 to $86,000.
Ballard's lawyer did not return a call seeking comment Tuesday.