Trials & Litigation

Gulf War Hero, a Disbarred Lawyer, Is Accused of Participating in Claimed $54M Fraud on US Military


A former lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve who previously made a name for himself as a politician and New Hampshire lawyer, before being disbarred in 2006, is now gaining a high profile in a new arena.

David Young, 49, a Green Beret and Gulf War hero, is accused by in civil court filings by federal prosecutors of participating in a scheme to defraud the U.S. military of $54 million, reports the Tampa Bay Times in a lengthy article about the case.

He has not been charged with any crime. However, Young is accused in the District of Utah federal court filings of using his position in the military to inflate the cost of government contracts in which he had an oversight role by millions of dollars and steer them to his friends.

The feds raided Young’s home in Hernando Beach, Fla., in September and have named him, along with others, as a defendant in civil litigation that seeks to seize $15 million and 20 properties they say represent fruits of the alleged fraud.

But “he couldn’t have orchestrated what they’re alleging,” said Brett Tolman, a Utah lawyer who represents Young. “If there’s fraud, it’s fraud we’re not part of.”

Tolman also said his client did not have the government contracting authority that the feds claim he did.

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