Geek cons US out of $20m with bogus software to stop al-Qaeda - 2011-02-21
A onetime biomedical technician with a penchant for gambling, Montgomery is at the centre of a tale that features terrorism scares, secret White House briefings, backing from prominent Republicans, backdoor deal-making and fantastic-sounding computer technology.
Interviews with more than two dozen current and former officials and business associates and a review of documents show that Montgomery and his associates received more than $US20 million ($19.82m) in government contracts by claiming that software he had developed could help stop al-Qaeda's next attack on the United States. But the technology appears to have been a hoax, and a series of government agencies, including the CIA and the Air Force, repeatedly missed the warning signs, the records and interviews show.
Montgomery's former lawyer, Michael Flynn — who now describes Montgomery as a "con man" — says he believes that the administration has been shutting off scrutiny of Montgomery's business for fear of revealing that the government has been duped.