Bob Jones, Former CEO of NCED, Sentenced to Prison
POSTED: Thursday, February 17, 2011 - 5:55pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 - 1:03pm
EL PASO- The kingpin of an El Paso fraud operation that swindled the US government out of millions of dollars is behind bars tonight. Robert Jones was sentenced to ten years in federal prison earlier today.
Bob Jones was the ringleader of a massive corruption scandal, that included bribing local officials and securing millions of dollars in no-bid government contracts.
US District Judge Frank Montalvo handed down the sentence earlier today, remanding Jones into custody immediately, where he'll begin serving his sentence.
The judge also ordered Jones to re-pay over $68 million dollars to victims of his crimes. Jones used to be the CEO of the National Center for the Employment of the Disabled.
It was there that he lied to the US government about the disabled status of his employees, receiving money from the federal government as a result.
He also bribed local county and school officials for years, offering illegal campaign contributions in exchange for vendor contracts.
Patrick Woods, a former board member of NCED, was also sentenced today, receiving three years in prison for his role in the scheme.
Unlike state prison, which typically offers inmates parole, no such deals are struck in federal prison.
According to the US Attorney's office, Jones will likely serve at least nine years of his ten year sentence.
Interestingly enough, Jones's home was featured as the most expensive home in El Paso during our series last week.