Raleigh researcher profited from web of federal contractors -->
A plea agreement shows that Woolard tapped into a network of government contractors and employees, in some cases using his influence to take advantage of "broadly defined" government contracts.
According to court documents, he:
--Had contractors inflate their prices to defuse a
--Helped obtain hundreds of thousands of dollars to run conferences, much of which went to his wife for work he did himself.
--Used his influence over funding to force contractors to attend those conferences, for which his wife was collecting registration fees.
Woolard worked as a program manager for "solid-state and high-frequency electronics" at the
According to the plea agreement, a
In another case, Woolard had an executive at a research company tack funding onto a large existing contract as a "pass through" to pay Qtronika to create a website about terahertz research. The
The most lucrative scheme detailed in the plea agreement involved a series of scientific conferences organized by Qtronika on "spectral sensing research" and "nanoelectrics," for which Woolard helped secure funding and grants from the federal government and the Polytechnic Institute of
Woolard wasn't always careful in hiding his involvement, according to the plea. In at least one instance, he sent an invoice for Qtronika from his work email account.
Over the years, Woolard and Naples used the Qtronika funds to buy land in
The federal government also is seeking return of a .50-caliber rifle that Woolard kept after an experiment for which Qtroinka was paid, according to the plea. Woolard was terminated from the
Under the plea agreement, Woolard accepts guilt for conspiracy to defraud the federal government, with a maximum prison term of five years and a
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