A Time to Kill
Mast handed him a sheet of paper on which the tapes of over sixty conversations had been
cataloged. Patrick studied it for a minute. "I think it's tape number seventeen," he said. The
assistant U.S. attorney in charge of the box of tapes produced number seventeen, and inserted it
into a player in the center of the table.
Patrick said, "This is Doug Vitrano talking to Jimmy Havarac, two of the partners, in Vitrano's
office, on May 3, 1991,"
The player was turned on, and they waited for the voices.
First Voice: How do you pad nineteen million dollars in bogus labor?
"That's Jimmy Havarac," Patrick said quickly.
Second Voice: It wasn't difficult.
"And that's Doug Vitrano," Patrick said.
Vitrano: The labor was running fifty million a year. For four years it was over two hundred
million. So they were just tacking on a ten percent increase. It got lost in the paperwork.
Havarac: And Aricia knew about it?
Vitrano: Knew about it? Hell, he implemented it.
Havarac: Come on, Doug.
Vitrano: It's all bogus, Jimmy. Every aspect of his claim is bogus. The labor, the inflated
invoices, the double and triple billing for expensive hardware. Everything. Aricia planned this
from the beginning, and he just happened to work for a company with a long history of screwing
the government. He knew how the company worked. He knew how the Pentagon worked. And he was
shrewd enough to set up the scheme.
Havarac: Who told you this?
Vitrano: Bogan. Aricia's told Bogan everything. Bogan's told the Senator everything. We keep
The voices went silent as the tape, well edited by Patrick years ago, came to an end.
1997 John Grisham