RCA Fined $2.5 Million in Pentagon Contractors Probe Precede FAIRFIELD, CONN.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) _ RCA Corp. pleaded guilty in federal court today to two felony charges and was fined $2.5 million as part of the continuing probe of contractors who acquired and passed along secret Defense Department plans for weapons systems.
One former and one current RCA employee also entered guilty pleas to charges of illegally conveying government property.
The government told U.S. District Judge James C. Cacheris that in the years 1978-1985, RCA acquired copies of a wide range of Department of Defense documents dealing with program objectives, internal decisions and budget estimates.
″Both counts of the information to which RCA plead guilty concrned RCA’s unauthorized acquisition of secret editions of the Department of Defense’s five-year defense program,″ said the U.S. attorney’s office.
One count charged that RCA, through former employee Leonard Kampf, gave others within the company a copy of the five-year program for 1985. The other count made a similar charge for 1986, involving Ronald Stevens.
Stevens, 49, manager of marketing services at RCA’s Aerospace and Defense Division at Cherry Hill, N.J. and Kampf, 69, former manager of marketing information and communications in Cherry Hill, face possible sentences of up to 10 years in prison and fines of $10,000. As part of their plea agreement, the two agreed to cooperate with the investigation.
Stevens has been suspended from his duties, said George Jamison, a spokesman for General Electric Co., which purchased RCA in 1986.
RCA agreed to enter the guilty plea when it learned the two planned to plead guilty to charges of conveying government documents without proper authority, according to a statement from GE.
″This unfortunate chapter in RCA history is now closed,″ GE said in a statement.
The settlement is the second in three months. The Boeing Co. recently paid $5.2 million to settle civil and criminal charges involving similar violations.