Ex-president of Lexington glass company pleads guilty to wire fraud in Fort Knox case

jwarren@herald-leader.comJune 16, 2014 

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The former president of a glass company based in Lexington pleaded guilty to a federal wire-fraud charge Monday in connection with a 2008 contract to install windows at Fort Knox High School.

Dennis Martin, 51, former president of Central Kentucky Glass Co., admitted Monday in U.S. District Court in Louisville that he forged papers falsely certifying that glass and windows the company installed at the high school met anti-terrorism standards.

Martin, who is from Nicholasville, agreed to a 27-month prison sentence and pledged to pay the federal government more than $74,000 in restitution under a plea deal.

Wire fraud, mail fraud and other charges are still pending against Central Kentucky Glass Co. in a separate indictment, according to the office of David J. Hale, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky.

Federal prosecutors said that Central Kentucky Glass Co. was a subcontractor in a multi-million-dollar project by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that included new glass and windows at Fort Knox High School in Hardin County. The company was required to provide certifications that its glass and windows met various requirements, including anti-terrorism standards.

The government charged that Martin forged certifications from two testing companies falsely indicating its glass and windows had been tested and met the standards. The forged certifications were faxed from the Central Kentucky Glass office to the lead contractor on Oct. 22, 2008.

In fact, prosecutors said, Central Kentucky's windows and glass had not been properly tested. Later tests confirmed that they didn't meet anti-terrorism standards, federal officials said.

Martin is scheduled for sentencing Sept. 16 in Louisville.

Jim Warren: (859) 231-3255.

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