An Army colonel and his wife face new antitrust charges in a $20 million bid rigging scheme. Col. Anthony Roper and also his wife Audra face procurement integrity fraud, bribery and obstruction of justice charges.
Federal prosecutors indicted the Ropers last summer, and also a former defense contractor. That man, in addition to another retired army officer pleaded guilty last fall to conspiracy. The group planned to obtain $20 million in fraudulent contracts at Fort Gordon in Georgia.
Prosecutors accuse Roper of steering contracts to the two men in exchange for about $200,000 in bribes. Roper is also accused of bid rigging. The new indictment reveals four specific instances of fraud between 2013 and 2015. Allegedly, Roper provided confidential bid information to the conspirators.
Audra Roper also faces charges of being an accessory after the fact by lying to investigators. Prosecutors say she also submitted false documents to a grand jury.
Los Angeles Antitrust Attorney
When you face antitrust charges, hire an experienced antitrust lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has nearly 35 years of experience in courtroom criminal defense. He takes federal cases in any circuit in the United States.
Antitrust violations can include price fixing, bid rigging or market allocation. Any of these actions run afoul of the Sherman Antitrust Act. Federal prosecutors are extremely zealous. The will fight aggressively to win a conviction, and can exert enormous pressure on defendants to plead guilty.
Your best defense strategy is to hire an experienced federal criminal defense attorney. Although federal prosecutors have a high conviction rate, they’re not perfect. The right attorney can help you defend yourself against federal charges. Don’t work with an inexperienced attorney, and don’t assume there’s nothing you can do to help yourself when you face federal charges.
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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