Clovis couple pleads ‘not guilty’ to federal charges

Freedom New Mexico

A Clovis couple accused of defrauding the Air Force of $6.4 million have pleaded not guilty to all charges, according to their attorney, Terree Bowers of Los Angeles.

Bowers said Donald Dean Brewer, 62, and his wife, Sherri Lynn Brewer, 62, were released on their own recognizance following a hearing Monday in Lubbock federal court.

The Brewers along with James McKinney, 60, of San Antonio, are charged with conspiracy to defraud the government, 12 counts of wire fraud and four counts of major fraud. They are accused in a federal indictment of creating a sham subcontracting business — Enterprise and Deployment — to bilk the government.

Bowers said his clients are innocent and “intend to fight this vigorously.”

The indictment alleges the Brewers and McKinney tainted $33.5 million in contracts by overcharging the Air Force more than $6.4 million between 2002 and 2008. The indictment charges the trio with inflating billings for contracts to install cabling and electronics for information and telephone systems at government medical facilities worldwide.

The Brewers are former owners of Brewer Jeep and Brewer Mitsubishi of Clovis.