Bob Jones (Texas businessman)

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Robert Edward Jones is a Texas businessman and convicted criminal. He was formerly CEO of the National Center for Employment of the Disabled (NCED), which was based in El Paso, Texas.

In late 2006, The Oregonian newspaper published articles alleging that Jones embezzled millions of dollars from NCED and, by extension, from the Javits-Wagner-O'Day (JWOD) Program, a United States federal program that helps blind and other severely disabled people.[citation needed] Under the management of the Jones Family Trust (JFT), NCED allegedly broke federal rules by claiming employees as disabled whose sole "disability" ("disadvantage") was reportedly being Spanish language speakers who were unable to speak English. NCED, a maker of chemical protective suits for soldiers, has since been reorganized as ReadyOne.[citation needed]

On October 14, 2008, Bob Jones was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation after having been charged under a 37-count indictment in connection with the alleged contract fraud of millions of dollars in government programs. The arrest was part of a federal investigation into alleged public corruption among elected officials and prominent businesspeople in El Paso, Texas.[1] Also arrested were Ernesto Lopez and Patrick James Woods.[citation needed]

The office of the United States attorney in San Antonio stated that Robert Jones was accused of lying about the number of disabled employees, and of embezzling or stealing from the company. Prosecutors reportedly demanded that Jones forfeit $58.9 million. Jones originally pleaded not guilty.[2] On July 2, 2009, Jones pleaded guilty to various charges in the case.[3] On February 17, 2011, a judge sentenced Jones to 10 years in prison and $65 million in restitution for corruption and embezzlement.[4][5]

Jones is incarcerated at the Federal Correctional Institution, La Tuna, at Anthony, Texas, near El Paso. His projected release date is November 2, 2019.[6]

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  1. ^ "3 arrested in El Paso charity fraud case". Associated Press. Fort Worth Star-Telegram. October 15, 2008. 
  2. ^ Id.
  3. ^ Docket entry 45, July 2, 2009, United States v. Robert Edward Jones, case no. 3:08-cr-02268-PRM (U.S. Dist. Court for the Western District of Texas, El Paso Div.); and docket entry 70, July 2, 2009, United States v. Robert Edward Jones, case no. 3:08-cr-01698-PRM (U.S. Dist. Court for the Western District of Texas, El Paso Div.).
  4. ^ "Ex-Leader of Charity for Disabled Gets 10 Years in Prison, Must Pay $65 Million", Feb. 18, 2011, as published by ProPublica, at 4
  5. ^ "Corrupt El Paso charity boss exposed by The Oregonian gets 10 years in federal prison". Associated Press. oregonlive.com. February 18, 2011. 
  6. ^ Robert Edward Jones, inmate # 16434-280, Federal Bureau of Prisons, U.S. Dep't of Justice, at Profile, bop.gov; accessed May 18, 2017.

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