Jeffrey B. Donahue and Nadeem Ansari plead guilty to government official and contractual framework


Jeffrey B. Donahue and Nadeem Ansari, a government official and contract executive, plead guilty to corruption conspiracy

(STL.News) – The former purchasing manager of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation and the chairman and CEO of a government contracting company today pleaded guilty to conspiring to bribe a public official .

Jeffrey B. Donahue, 42, of Herndon, and Nadeem Ansari, 47, of Haymarket, each pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to bribe a public official. Sentencing is scheduled for September 11, 2020 for Donahue and Ansari.

According to court documents, Donahue served as supervisory contract administrator with PBGC, then director of the purchasing department from March 2014 to February 2020. From 2015 to at least August 2017, Donahue solicited and received cash and other payments. things of value, including the promise of a job valued at $ 1 million, from Ansari and the Ansari company. In return, Donahue agreed to direct the PBGC contracts to Ansari’s company.

In 2015, Donahue approached Ansari and offered to help Ansari’s new venture win a PBGC contract, worth around $ 55 million, in exchange for future employment with the company. Among other things, Donahue provided Ansari with sample offer proposals; helped write, revise and edit the company’s offer proposal; and disclosed labor price estimates. When the company didn’t win the contract, Donahue helped Ansari draft the company’s protest. Ansari admitted that his business partners were aware of his arrangement with Donahue.

In 2016, Donahue proposed a second deal with Ansari in which Donahue would receive up to $ 125,000 from Ansari and his company in exchange for leading a contract with Ansari’s company. PBGC awarded the contract to Ansari’s company, resulting in payments to the company totaling approximately $ 3.29 million. Donahue led the contract, among other things, providing sensitive, non-public information and a work product to Ansari; provide advice on contract pricing; and adjust the terms of the contract to align with the qualifications of the company’s staff. Donahue received at least $ 48,000 in cash, plus additional gifts. Donahue and Ansari also took steps to cover up the scheme and their communications with each other, including using separate and dedicated cell phones and email accounts and communicating through encrypted software.

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, the Office of Inspector General and the FBI investigated the case. Trial attorney Edward P. Sullivan of the Public Integrity Section of the Criminal Division and Deputy U.S. Attorney Grace L. Hill of the Eastern District of Virginia are continuing the case.

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