Ex-Defense Dept. auditor from Anchorage gets $5K fine, probation

An Anchorage woman, who is a former auditor for the Defense Department, was sentenced to two years' probation and ordered to pay a $5,000 fine for violating conflict of interest laws.

Jodi Ann Andres, 48, was sentenced in federal court on Monday, according to a media release from U.S. Attorney Karen L. Loeffler.

Andres broke a federal law by representing a contractor on issues she previously handled for the government.

Officials say Andres was an auditor with the Department of Defense from January 2003 to September 2006. She was the primary auditor of cost proposals, labor rates and claims for the Missile Defense Agency.

But in September 2006, Andres left the DCAA to work for Alaska Aerospace as its controller.

In July 2008, Andres represented Alaska Aerospace during communications and negotiations with the DCAA about the same Missile Defense Agency contract she had previously audited. Prosecutors say this was a violation of a lifetime restriction that barred such communications.

By Anchorage Daily News/ adn.com