A Northern California woman pleaded guilty to federalantitrust violations in a bid-rigging scheme. The woman worked as a representative for a software company and worked with several state agencies. She conspired with two executives of a competing tech company to rig bids with the state agencies.
The trio convinced other companies who did not want state contracts to submit outrageously expensive bids. This allowed the competing tech company, Expert Network Consultants, to win bids with four state agencies. Over a period of four years, the company received $3M in state contracts.
The woman advised the men on how to control the bidding process, and which contracts to bid on. Eventually, the woman left the larger software company and began working for ENC, based in New York. The two ENC executives pleaded guilty last year to federal antitrust charges. One man has already been sentenced to 15 months in prison. The woman will return to court for sentencing in October. The other ENC executive will return to court for sentencing in January. They both face up to 10 years in prison and a $1M fine.
Federal Criminal Antitrust Attorney
Antitrust laws feature both criminal and civil infractions and penalties. In addition, both individuals and corporations can face either type of charges. When you face criminal charges for anticompetitive actions, hire an experienced federal antitrust attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has 35 years of experience exclusively in criminal defense. He takes federal cases in any US District Court. He also takes state-level criminal cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California. In his more than three decades of practice, he has defended thousands of individuals accused of criminal behavior.
Federal prosecutors are aggressive, and they have a high conviction rate. Defendants see this and assume that the court will convict them. In reality, federal prosecutors choose their cases very carefully. They tend to avoid cases that may not deliver a slam-dunk result.
That’s why having an experienced federal criminal defense attorney on your side is essential. Robert Helfend has established a reputation as an aggressive defense attorney and he’s a top-rated criminal defender.
Don’t settle for inexperience, and don’t assume that a plea bargain is your best option in federal court.
Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (310) 456-3317, (818) 591-2809 or (805) 273-5611 for an immediate consultation on your Los Angeles County antitrust case.
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