Alaska Aerospace Corp. controller faces conflict of interest charge

Casey Grove

A former Defense Department auditor, who left her job to work for one of its subcontractors, the Alaska Aerospace Corp., now faces a criminal conflict-of-interest charge.

Anchorage resident Jodi Ann Andres, 48, allegedly broke a federal law that prohibits government employees from going to work for another employer, in a significant capacity, on issues on which they worked as a government employee, according to a written statement from the U.S. Attorney's Office.

An indictment handed up Friday says Andres was an auditor for the Defense Contract Audit Agency from 2003 to 2006. She was responsible for sorting out cost proposals, labor rates and claims for the Missile Defense Agency, a branch of the Department of Defense building a system for preventing missile attacks on the U.S. The agency owns and operates a launch facility on Kodiak Island.

In 2003, the agency contracted with Alaska Aerospace for support with missile launches, a contract worth millions of dollars, the indictment says. Andres left the auditing position in 2006 and became the corporation's controller, dealing with financial issues, prosecutors say.

Andres made "a communication to and appearance before the Defense Contract Audit Agency on behalf of the Alaska Aerospace Corporation" on July 15, 2008 -- when the contract was worth about $95 million -- in regards to a matter she had previously worked on for the agency, the indictment says.

There is no allegation that Andres benefited personally, other than by collecting her normal paycheck.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, the maximum penalty for violating the conflict of interest statute is five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.



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