A former US government scientist accused of attempted espionage pleaded guilty to overbilling NASA and the Department of Defense more than $265,000 for contracting work, according to newly unsealed court records.
The plea in January by Stewart Nozette, 52, was made in secret because Nozette was cooperating in government corruption investigations, according to court papers unsealed last week after his arrest in an FBI sting operation.
The unsealed court documents state that Nozette admitted to overbilling NASA and the Defense Department between 2000 and 2006 to satisfy debts on real estate mortgages, auto loans and credit cards and to maintain a home swimming pool, pay medical bills and buy clothing.
He pleaded guilty to tax evasion and conspiring to defraud the US government. He faces sentencing November 18 in that case.