United States: Businessman Sentenced to 14 Months in Prison for Paying Bribes to Federal and D.C. Employees

Charles M. Thomas, 47, was sentenced today to 14 months in prison for paying bribes to two employees of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as well as to an employee of the District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) in return for favourable treatment on contracts for his business.

The announcement was made by Acting U.S. Attorney Channing D. Phillips, Robert E. Bornstein, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Washington Field Office, Criminal Division, Christopher Gaffney, Special Agent in Charge, Office of Special Investigations, HUD Office of Inspector General, and Daniel W. Lucas, Inspector General for the District of Columbia.

Thomas, of Lusby, Md., pleaded guilty in May 2018 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia., to one count of conspiracy to commit bribery and two counts of conspiracy to pay gratuities and violate the Procurement Integrity Act. He was sentenced by the Honorable Randolph D. Moss. As part of his plea agreement, he is required to pay restitution to the D.C. Office of the State Superintendent of Education in the amount of $179,999. He also must pay a forfeiture money judgment in the same amount. Additionally, following his prison term, he will be placed on two years of supervised release.

According to court documents, Thomas was the sole owner and president of a Maryland company that provided information technology services to agencies of the federal government and educational services to public school children in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. His company had offices in the District of Columbia and Virginia and dozens of employees.

In his guilty plea, Thomas admitted to carrying out three schemes. One involved his dealings with a former management analyst of OSSE, an agency of the District of Columbia government. The others involved his dealings with a former contract oversight specialist and a former supervisory contract specialist with HUD.

The original full article can be found at justice.gov


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