There is a disturbing case out of Northern Virginia where Braulio Castillo, the CEO of a computer company, is accused of beating his wife and then hanging her from the ceiling to make it look like a suicide. Castillo has been under investigation by Congress over $500 million in contracts secured through a special service-disabled veteran status law.
Castillo, 43, was under investigation when he was arrested on April 1 for the murder in Loudon County. Michelle G. Castillo, was found dead in her home on March 20th when police entered the home to check on her wellbeing. It was a neighbor who called police after Castillo asked her to look for his wife and she did not find her in the home. He had left with the children and the neighbor was suspicious. Police say that she had been beaten and suffocated before being hanged. The hanging did not cause her death.
For those who have long questioned the use of government contracts to give special advantages in bidding to different groups, Castillo is the worst case example. He has been citing a football injury that he suffered while attending the U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School in 1984. In 2012, he filed a claim with the Veterans Affairs office to get the special status as a service-disable veteran. That status allowed him to qualify for the advantage in bidding on contracts and helped him secure $500 million in contracts for his company Signet Computers (renamed Strong Castle in 2013) under the VA’s Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business program. However, after the injury in his high school, Castillo played college football for the University of San Diego the following year.
Castillo had no experience working with the IRS but still won a huge contract due to his status — as well as a personal relationship with a top IRS contracting official. He told an examiner for the VA that his injury is one of the “crosses I bear due to my service to our great country.”
If police are right, the football disability did not prevent the beating to death of his wife and hanging her from a ceiling.
Source: Federal Times