Back in 2014, a couple of people were chatting while walking around a construction site at Joint Base Charleston. One was overheard saying to the other “someone needs to buy me a car”. Other parts of the overhead conversation included references to monies being deposited into bank accounts. The participants included Barbara Ann Powell, a contracting officer at Joint Base Charleston and Richard Darnell of Residential Construction, a defense contractor performing work on the base under contracts awarded by Powell.
Last January, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued