The former president and chief executive officer of Louis Berger Group Inc., a New Jersey engineering consulting firm, was charged with overbilling the U.S. government on overseas reconstruction projects.
Derish Wolff, 76, was accused of conspiring to defraud the U.S. Agency for International Development by inflating overhead and other indirect costs over almost two decades on hundreds of millions of dollars in contracts in Iraq and Afghanistan. He surrendered today to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Newark, New Jersey.
“During decades at the helm of a company entrusted with the rebuilding of battle-scarred nations Derish Wolff focused on profits over progress,” U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said in a statement. “Wolff allegedly used his position to lead others in the scheme, setting targets that could be reached only through fraud.”