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United States v. Steven Lynwood Head

 
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Titan Corporation - Steven Lynwood Head
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DOJ Criminal
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June 23, 2006
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United States v. Steven Lynwood Head
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U.S. v. Steven Lynwood Head, No. 3:06-cr-01380 (S.D. Cal. 2006)
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Telecommunications-Satellite/Wireless
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Benin
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2001
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President of Benin
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For a complete description of the facts, see Titan Corporation (DOJ entry).

In 1999 the Titan Corporation ("Titan"), a U.S. defense contractor (later acquired by L-3 Communications in July 2005), acquired the rights to develop and operate a wireless telephone system in Benin. Steven Lynwood Head was employed by Titan as program manager of business activities in Benin, and later as CEO of Titan Africa, Inc. Although separately incorporated, Titan Africa, Inc. shared employees, officers, and personnel with Titan. As part of its contract to develop and operate the wireless telephone system, Titan was required to pay part of its profits as subsidies to the Benin government for development of certain economic sectors ("social payments"). In or about December 2000, the business advisor of the President of Benin solicited money from Titan under the guise of "advanced social payments." Although Head believed that at least part of the payments would be used to support the President's reelection effort, he nonetheless caused the requested payments to be made through a false invoice for consulting services allegedly performed. Head also used the scheduling and payment of the monies as leverage to increase Titan's management fee under the contract.
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Books and records (Issuer)
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Plea, Probation
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5,000
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6
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Total Offense Level: 11 (Base Offense Level of 6 plus Loss of more than $1,500,000 but less than $2,500,000 of 12 minus Acceptance of Responsibility of 3 minus Substantial Assistance of 4)
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Employee of Issuer
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Senior Operations
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U.S.
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Contract Procurement/Retention
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Not stated.
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Wire/check
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Direct
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1,980,450
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Benin
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United States
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No
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No