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Ex-employee of Orchard Park aerospace company indicted on wire fraud charges

A federal grand jury has indicted a Maryland man on multiple wire fraud counts for allegedly defrauding an Orchard Park aerospace company, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced Thursday.

If convicted, Amir Jahed, 39, of Montgomery Village, Md., faces 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

From 2010 to July 19, 2018, Jahed was an employee of Cobham Mission Systems, which develops, delivers and supports aerospace and defense technology and systems, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Maura K. O’Donnell, who is handling the case.

Cobham also had an office in Westminster, Md. The indictment alleges he used company credit cards for approximately 600 unauthorized transactions. He used the credit cards to direct funds into accounts controlled by him, resulting in a financial loss to Cobham, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. He mailed fraudulent invoices to Cobham headquarters to give the appearance that the purchases were made to support Cobham’s business operations, prosecutors said.

Jahed was arraigned before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael J. Roemer and released on conditions.

The indictment is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Buffalo office.

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