2009-04-23 / Local & State

Ex-Pa. Contractor Faces Sentence For 9/11 Fraud

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A former Pittsburgh-area contractor and two employees face sentencing for defrauding the government for work their firm did rebuilding the Pentagon after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Fifty-four-year-old Thomas Cousar, who now lives in Alexandria, Va., pleaded guilty along with two employees last year of overcharging the government $850,000. The work was done by Cousar's former company, Capco Contracting in McKeesport, a Pittsburgh suburb.

The trio used bills with padded labor hours and materials, when some of the labor and materials were actually used on a personal business Cousar and one of the employees owned.

A federal judge is scheduled to sentence Cousar and his employees Friday morning.

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