The Department of Justice has announced that a former vice president of a Chesapeake, Virginia, government contractor pleaded guilty to conspiracy to pay bribes to public officials in exchange for favorable treatment in connection with government contract work.
According to a statement of facts filed with the plea agreement, the individual worked for a contractor that was created to support the Navy’s Military Sealift Command on various telecommunication projects. For several years, the individual and his business partners paid bribes to Sealift Command officials in exchange for favorable treatment in awarding Sealift Command contract work.
The individual admitted that he contributed a portion of his paycheck to the bribe payments by regularly withdrawing approximately $1,000 in cash from his personal bank account after receiving his bi-weekly paycheck and providing it to his business partners. In his statement of facts, the individual also admitted that he was aware his business partners provided other things of value, including flat-screen televisions, to influence the official actions of a Sealift Command official.
Four other individuals also pleaded guilty in connection with the same bribery scheme.
For more information, see the DOJ press release.