Dave Lewis Ashland Oregon

Hyatt Lake Oregon Murder of Dave Lewis

Bettencourts and  the Jesus Bolt and How Dare !

 " They Sold Their Souls for a Bowl of Stew "

 

  To constitute depraved indifference, the defendant's conduct must be 'so wanton, so deficient in a moral sense of concern, so lacking in regard for the life or lives of others, and so blameworthy as to warrant the same criminal liability as that which the law imposes upon a person who intentionally causes a crime. Depraved indifference focuses on the risk created by the defendant’s conduct, not the injuries actually resulting"

 

 

 " Jesus Bolt; named because of it's importance in holding the blade on the helicopter" 

 

 

 An Oregon defense contractor has pleaded guilty to selling

$10 million worth of phony parts for attack helicopters and military vehicles to the U.S. government, including a locknut that secures the rotor on the Kiowa attack helicopter.

According to court records, the company Kustom Products Inc., a longtime seller of truck and RV parts based in Coos Bay; owner Harold Ray Bettencourt II, and four employees pleaded guilty Friday in U.S. District Court in Portland to conspiracy to defraud the United States.

"These crooks took deliberate actions to supply defective equipment to our military, putting our service men and women in harm's way during a time of war," Kenneth Hines, special agent in charge of Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation, said in a statement. "Then, they spun a web of complex lies to cover it all up."

Bettencourt, his sons Harold "Bo" Bettencourt III, Nicholas Ryan Bettencourt and Peter Tracy Bettencourt, and office manager Margo Antoinette Densmore remained free pending sentencing scheduled for two days starting Dec. 10.

 

 

At that time, a full description of the crimes will be presented, federal prosecutor Scott Asphaug said.

Authorities said the company lied to the Defense Department to secure 750 contracts worth $10 million from 2006 through 2010. They were able to undercut bids from other companies by substituting phony parts for genuine parts, and produced phony records to cover up the substitution, the government said.

The case was based on emails and purchasing records seized by investigators, Asphaug said.

Defense attorneys did not immediately respond to telephone calls and emails asking for comment.

The investigation was triggered in 2008 when mechanics for the Kentucky Army National Guard found that eight locknuts that were supposed to secure the main rotor assembly on an OH-58 A/C Kiowa attack helicopter did not meet specifications, according to court documents. The defective locknuts were found as far away as Kuwait.

In an affidavit, James McMaken, a special agent with the Defense Department Inspector general and Defense Criminal Investigative Service, wrote: "The military field terminology for this locknut is the 'Jesus nut,' which is a colloquialism for the main rotor retaining nut that holds the main rotor to the mast of some helicopters. The failure of this part can be catastrophic, resulting in possible death or serious injury to military personnel."

According to court documents, the Bettencourts sold the phony parts for between 22 percent and 3,754 percent more than they paid for them.

As part of their guilty pleas, the defendants agreed to forfeit $365,503.26 seized from 20 bank accounts, eight vehicles, a boat, two boat trailers, two jet skis, and three all-terrain vehicles, which were derived from proceeds of the fraud.

Purchasing agent Josh Kemp, who was a cooperating witness in the case, was scheduled to appear in court July 24 to plead guilty to the same charge, Asphaug said.

Harold Bettencourt's ex-wife, Kathy Sue Bettencourt, has gone into a diversion program, Asphaug said. If she successfully completes it, there will be no criminal charges. " 

 

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 Sold their souls for money...then lied. Then lied some more. Then took an easy plea. 

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 Bettencourts and their Blue Pitt Bulls. Traveled Nation Wide $$$$ Self impressed.

 

 

 

 

 

 " Pot growers get more time than 2 years! They got off easy, compared to the seriousness of what their true crimes are putting the lives of our military at risk. The matriarch is doing no time. The Bettencourt's intimidated and tried to create silence by fear, to the first forward witness Josh Kemp who was first to tell the truth. SHAME on all of them & their namesake. Liars, thieves,criminals and immoral family group.

Thank you to all who worked so hard to prosecute, investigate, and seek justice in this case. Better than nothing, which is what the corrupt-cop who gave them a heads-up got.

Remember those who serve our country this Christmas & will not be home with their families. No thanks to these low-bidders.

God bless the truthful & the good." 

 

 

 

 The last person sentenced in the case, which originated in 2010, was Josh Kemp, a parts department worker who admitted guilt for his role in the conspiracy very early in the government's investigation.He feared for his life and was threatened. The FBI shot down the guilty

Kemp, sentenced to 5 years probation, offered substantial cooperation to federal agents and prosecutors, who dug through Department of Defense contracts and exposed a conspiracy in which parts that were unapproved – and in some cases inferior – found their way into such military aircraft as C-5 transport planes and OH-58 Kiowa helicopters.

Six federal agents working for the FBI, Department of Defense, Internal Revenue Service and Homeland Security pored through 750 contracts, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott E. Asphaug, who prosecuted the case.

"It has taken law enforcement officers thousands of hours to review this many fraudulent contracts that put our service men and women at risk," he said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Key figures at Coos Bay defense contractor get prison in fraud ...

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Dec 12, 2014 - The founder and owner of Kustom Products Inc., in Coos Bay, was sentenced to ... The first of them was Harold R. Bettencourt II, the company's ...

Coos Bay father, sons admit defrauding government on military supply ...

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Jul 18, 2014 - Prosecutor says the conspiracy by Harold Ray Bettencourt II, 60, and sons ... A Coos Bayman and three of his sons admitted Friday that they ...

Coos Bay Company, its Owner and Four Employees Plead Guilty to ...

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Dec 19, 2014 - Harold Ray Bettencourt II, 60, of Coos Bay, Oregon and the owner of Kustom Products, Inc.(KPI), was sentenced to 45 months in custody.

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Dec 18, 2014 - Harold Ray Bettencourt II, 60, of Coos Bay and the owner of Kustom Products, Inc.(KPI), was sentenced to 45 months in custody. His sons were ...

 December 12, 2014

 A federal judge on Friday sentenced key figures in a Coos Bay defense contracting company to prison for their roles in a multimillion-dollar conspiracy to buy cheaply made truck and aircraft parts – some from Mexico and China – and pass them off at premium prices to the U.S. military.

"It was a long series of lies," U.S. District Judge Michael W. Mosman said as he prepared to sentence members of the Bettencourt family, who headed Kustom Products Inc. and once were considered pillars of the community in Coos County. "Their integrity was like the Platte River – a mile wide and an inch deep."

Mosman pointed out that the parts Kustom Products sold weren't pencils or toilet seats, but military parts – including some used in the rotor mechanisms of Army helicopters. And he called the defendants down for undercutting honest defense contractors – the "poor schmuck" who, unlike the Bettencourts, didn't get to buy Jet Skis or remodel his kitchen.

One by one, six defendants and a lawyer representing the company stood before Mosman in his Portland courtroom to apologize and accept the consequences.

The first of them was Harold R. Bettencourt II, the company's 60-year-old founder and owner, who apologized to the court, the government, federal agents who investigated him, his employees, "but especially my family."

Mosman sentenced him to 3 years, 9 months in prison.

Bettencourt's two oldest sons, described as sales managers – 34-year-old Harold R. "Bo" Bettencourt III and 32-year-old Nick Bettencourt – were sentenced to a little more than two years in prison for their roles in the conspiracy to defraud the United States.

Their younger brother, 28-year-old salesman Peter Bettencourt, was sentenced to 1 year and 1 day in prison, which with good behavior would likely put him back on the street in less than 11 months. Office manager Margo Antonette "Toni" Densmore, 43, also drew a 1 year, 1 day sentence.

Mosman placed Kustom Products, also charged in the conspiracy, on 5 years probation and ordered the company to pay $5 million in restitution and a $150,000 fine. A lawyer for the company said KPI has reinvented itself and is committed to staying afloat as its principle players serve their prison terms.  

The last person sentenced in the case, which originated in 2010, was Josh Kemp, a parts department worker who admitted guilt for his role in the conspiracy very early in the government's investigation.

Kemp, sentenced to 5 years probation, offered substantial cooperation to federal agents and prosecutors, who dug through Department of Defense contracts and exposed a conspiracy in which parts that were unapproved – and in some cases inferior – found their way into such military aircraft as C-5 transport planes and OH-58 Kiowa helicopters.

Six federal agents working for the FBI, Department of Defense, Internal Revenue Service and Homeland Security pored through 750 contracts, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott E. Asphaug, who prosecuted the case.

"It has taken law enforcement officers thousands of hours to review this many fraudulent contracts that put our service men and women at risk," he said.

The government and defense lawyers hammered out a deal in which Kustom Products could remain open and make yearly payments on the $5 million it owes the U.S. in restitution. As long as the company makes its payments on time, those sent to prison on Friday won't be required to chip in.

Mosman agreed to recommend to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons that company founder Harold Bettencourt and his three sons serve their sentences at the federal prison complex in Sheridan.

The judge ordered them to report to prison on Jan. 22. 2015

-- Bryan Denson

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