BENNINGTON — A former plant manager at NSK Steering Systems America had pleaded guilty in federal court to defrauding the company and agreed to repay it over $300,000.

According to a release from the Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont, Gregory Harriman, 52, formerly of Bennington, pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont to two counts of mail fraud.

The U.S. Attorney said Harriman was the plant manager at NSK Steering Systems America, and that between 2007 and 2011 through "false and fraudulent pretenses, representations, and promises" he got the company to make payments on false invoices which he benefited from.

According to the release, Harriman, along with James Waters, created a company called Frontier Automation which Harriman then directed NSK to work with while concealing his involvement with the company from NSK. He then helped Waters create false quotes and invoices from Frontier Automation to NSK, getting NSK to pay "hundreds of thousands of dollars" to the other company.

Harriman also convinced the owner of Red C Parts to provide NSK with an invoice for work never performed. Harriman then directed large portions of said invoice towards himself. He left NSK in 2011, according to prosecutors.

As per a plea agreement, Harriman will face between 24 and 30 months in jail at a sentencing hearing scheduled for Nov. 7. He has also agreed to pay back $386,850 to NSK. Waters had already pleaded guilty to mail fraud.


The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Paul Van de Graaf and Kunal Pasricha. Harriman was represented by Burlington attorney Thomas Sherrer.

— Staff reports