Former defense contractor faces fraud charges
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say the former owner of two northern New Jersey-based defense contracting businesses has been charged with mail fraud and violating the Arms Export Control Act.
Alper Calik, of Ankara, Turkey, was arrested Saturday when he entered the United States. The 38-year-old was scheduled to make his initial court appearance Monday, but it was not known if he had retained a lawyer.
Calik faces two counts of mail fraud, stemming from allegedly fraudulent contracts he entered into with the Defense Department. He’s also accused of violating the Arms Export Control Act, stemming from his alleged download of thousands of military technical drawings while outside the U.S. without prior approval from the State Department.
He could face up to 60 years in prison if convicted on all counts.