Government contractor accused of bribing public official | Takeover bid
A federal grand jury in the Eastern District of Virginia has released an indictment accusing a North Carolina man of engaging in a bribery and fraud scheme with a former Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) markets official (now known as the United States Agency for World Media). ).
According to court documents, William F. Snow, 70, of Jamestown, worked for a government contract company that previously provided professional staffing services to BBG. Between the end of 2014 and the end of 2016, Snow, in addition to a contracting officer for BBG and others, reportedly agreed to hire and pay the parent of the contracting officer for a work involving minimal work and resulting in payments to the parent totaling more than $ 68,000. In return, BBG’s procurement officer took official action that benefited Snow, the contracting company, and another executive, Rita Starliper, who had previously pleaded guilty to her involvement in the scheme. In particular, the contracting officer took formal action and granted preferential treatment which included awarding a multi-million dollar professional staffing contract to the contracting firm and directing the procurement process for the benefit of Snow, Starliper and the contracting company.
Snow is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit bribes and honest service mail fraud, one count of corruption and three counts of honest service mail fraud. The accused will appear in court for the first time on December 28. If convicted, Snow faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison for conspiracy to commit bribery and postal fraud, fifteen years in prison for corruption and twenty years in prison on each count of honest service mail fraud. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering US sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors.
Deputy Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite Jr. of the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice; US lawyer Jessica D. Aber of the Eastern District of Virginia; Special Agent in Charge Elisabeth Kaminsky of the Office of the Inspector General of the State Department; and Deputy Director-in-Charge Steven M. D’Antuono of the FBI’s Washington Field Office made the announcement.
The State Department’s Office of Inspector General and the FBI are investigating the case.
Deputy U.S. Attorney Heidi Boutros Gesch of the Eastern District of Virginia, Senior Litigation Counsel Edward P. Sullivan, and Trial Counsel Jordan Dickson of the Department of Justice’s Public Integrity Section are suing the ‘case.
An indictment is only an allegation and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in court.