Friday, August 24, 2007
A former contractor for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers entered a guilty plea to accepting almost $300,000 in bribe payments to direct a contract for sand and gravel related to rebuilding a levy in New Orleans destroyed by Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. According to a Department of Justice press release (here):
[The defendant] reviewed construction projects in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Between August and October of 2006, [he] agreed to accept approximately $299,000 from a sand and gravel subcontractor in exchange for providing confidential information used by the Corps to evaluate bids.
[The defendant], who was assigned to the Army Corps’ source selection board on the Lake Cataouatche Levee reconstruction bid, gave his technical evaluation of a prime contractor’s bid and other confidential documents to another Army Corps employee, with knowledge that this information would be given to the subcontractor. [He] agreed to accept in return 25 cents per cubic yard of sand and gravel sold by the subcontractor under the contract."