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Ex-Pantex contractor loses appeal, going to prison

AMARILLO, Texas (AP) - A former contractor at the Pantex nuclear weapons facility near Amarillo must begin serving 30 months in prison after losing his appeal on 29 fraud-related counts.

U.S. District Judge Mary Lou Robinson ordered 58-year-old Ray David Williams, of Amarillo and Lake Tanglewood, to surrender after prosecutors Friday announced the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the conviction.

A jury in May 2009 convicted Williams of wire fraud, theft of public money, 16 counts of fraudulent claims and 11 other charges related to hours billed for work not done. Williams was ordered to pay nearly $169,000 in restitution. The case also involved bogus addresses in Lenoir City, Tenn., and Oak Ridge, Tenn.

Williams, who owned and operated WAATTS, Inc., was sentenced in September 2009, but remained free while he appealed.

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