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Ex Boeing Official Sentenced to Four Months in Prison

February 18, 2005 


The federal government's position regarding the sentencing of former Boeing CFO Michael Sears. Statement filed by Michael Sears. Statement of Facts Against Sears. U.S. Attorney press release on sentencing.

This morning Boeing’s former Chief Financial Officer Michael Sears was sentenced to four months in prison, a $250,000 fine and 200 hours of community service for his part in the illegal hiring of Air Force top acquisition official Darleen Druyun. As a nonprofit organization, the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) is formally inviting Mr. Sears and Ms. Druyun to complete their community service at our organization.

“Certainly, it’s difficult to watch anyone go through this personal downfall,” said POGO Senior Defense Investigator Eric Miller.  “However, this sends a message to the military industrial complex that the public is outraged by this type of ‘business as usual’ corruption. Prison time for Sears and Druyun will make others hesitant to sell out the public for their own personal gain.”

The sentence follows Sears’ November 15, 2004 guilty plea to a single count of aiding and abetting illegal employment negotiations. For more information on this case, click here.

Founded in 1981, the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) is a nonpartisan independent watchdog that champions good government reforms. POGO's investigations into corruption, misconduct, and conflicts of interest achieve a more effective, accountable, open, and ethical federal government.

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