A former brigadier general with the Army National Guard founded a business called Military Personnel Services Corp. after he retired from the Guard. The company was a large government contractor.
In the course of doing company business, the former general was part of a bribery scheme in which he and co-conspirators paid a National Guard official a percentage of over $5.5 million worth of contracts that the official steered to MPSC.
John L. Jones, 76, of Stafford, Virginia, pleaded guilty to bribery. He faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison when he is sentenced in September 2015.
Agencies involved in the investigation include the Defense Criminal Investigative Service, the Army Criminal Investigative Division and the FBI.
Mayor in Puerto Rico Sentenced to 64 Months
The mayor of Río Grande, Puerto Rico, requested that a contractor make regular kickback payments in exchange for the award of three construction inspection contracts worth a total of $329,000 in 2010.
After the contracts were awarded and while payments were being disbursed by the municipality, the contractor delivered envelopes containing approximately $39,000 in cash to the mayor’s office and placed them in his drawer.
In a plea agreement, Eduard Rivera-Correa, 61, also admitted to obstructing justice by threatening the contractor who paid the bribes. In 2012, in a recorded conversation, Rivera-Correa threatened the contractor in an effort to intimidate him and dissuade him from cooperating with law enforcement.
Rivera-Correa was sentenced to 64 months in prison and ordered to forfeit $39,000 for soliciting and receiving cash bribes.
Texas Official Gets 76 Months for Accepting Bribes
An elected county commissioner in Webb County, Texas, has been sentenced to 76 months in prison for accepting bribes in exchange for official actions.
Kristopher Michael Montemayor, 37, of Laredo, Texas, pleaded guilty to one count of federal programs bribery in June 2014. In addition to the prison sentence, he was ordered to pay a fine of $109,405.72 and to forfeit $13,721.16.
Montemayor admitted that he accepted three separate bribe payments totaling $11,000 and over $2,700 in electronics and other merchandise, including two Apple iPads and two pairs of Dr. Dre Beats Solo HD headphones, from a businessman who, unbeknownst to Montemayor, was an undercover law enforcement agent.
In exchange for the cash and the other items, Montemayor promised to take various forms of official action to promote the business interests of the undercover agent.
Montemayor also admitted to accepting a 2012 Ford F-150 pickup truck, worth approximately $37,000, in exchange for providing government jobs to the vehicle owner and his spouse. As a result of these appointments, the vehicle owner and his wife received salaries of $26,000 and $45,553 from Webb County. Montemayor admitted that the vehicle owner performed little or no work in exchange for his government salary.