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Fenton business owners, father and son, plead guilty in federal court tied to Tomohawk missile weld work

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FLINT (WJRT) - (05/07/14) - A Mid-Michigan father and son have pleaded guilty, in federal court, to making false statements to the government in regards to work tied to Tomohawk missiles.

Dennis Frederick and Brian Frederick co-own Precision Metal Spinning in Fenton. They were supposed to weld parts on parts of the missiles.

"My clients are very humbled by this experience, very remorseful, have been cooperative," said attorney Michael Manley. He represents them both. "They apologize to our community, to our citizens. No soldier was in danger because of this, however they did lie."

Manley said each had different roles, but if you build a part or component for a governmental defense, you have to build it to spec and sign a paper that you built it and it was to the specifications.

Dennis indicated, when questioned in court, they did willingly use a different source for welding the part in question and left the original certification intact instead of adjusting it.

The time frame indicated, in court, was from Jan. 22, 2004 - Dec. 1, 2011.

Brian indicated, when questioned in court, they had parts produced at a company in Chicago using the wrong welding specification.

The agreement with federal prosecutors recommends 18 months in prison, but the guidelines are 30-37 months. The sentence is up to the judge.

Manley hopes for a staggered sentence, prison time at separate times for each, so the business can stay open and operating.
Restitution, to be paid to the Naval Air Systems Command, is set at roughly $1.6 million.

"I want to commend the U.S. Attorneys Office," Manley said. "They worked very hard with me to make Precision stay in business and that kept 40 jobs in Genesee County and if that business is viable and doing work, outside the government, we can pay that restitution back."

The judge accepted their pleas Wednesday, but is taking the agreements under advisement until sentencing, which is scheduled for September.
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