The owners of an Omaha, Neb., contracting company pleaded not guilty to charges that they fraudulently used the wounded veteran's preference to win 45 contracts totaling $23 million from the Veterans Affairs and Defense departments. The company bid on contracts under a federal program that requires small businesses to be 51% controlled and owned by veterans disabled during military service. While one of the two owners qualified for the designation, the other owner is not a veteran and may have been in control of the business, according to the indictment.

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