The former vice president of a Northern Virginia technology company admitted in court Thursday that he provided false information to federal agencies in the hopes of winning lucrative contracts for his firm.
Theodoros N. Hallas, 39, of Rockville, pleaded guilty in the District’s federal court to conspiring to commit wire fraud. Hallas worked for Nova Datacom, a Chantilly-based company at the center of what authorities have described as one of the biggest contracting scandals in federal government history.
Hallas and his attorney, Preston Burton, declined to comment after the plea hearing; no sentencing date was set.
Law enforcement sources said that their investigation into Hallas and Nova Datacom led them to a bribery and kickback scam involving two program managers at the Army Corps of Engineers. Those employees and at least one representative of a contracting company are accused of fleecing the federal government of about $20 million; they had their sights set on another lucrative contract when they were arrested last week, federal prosecutors have said.