A former salesman for a North Carolina furniture firm pleaded guilty to antitrust violations in federal court in Charleston, NC. Prosecutors had accused the man of rigging bids for furnishings for US embassies around the world.
The man provided a federal employee with inducements to award contracts to the man’s firm. Those inducements included meals and entertainment tickets to concerts and ballets. The man admitted that he had received information regarding competing bids prior to receiving the contract from the State Department.
Prosecutors said that the man gained a competitive advantage over at least three other bidders in the scheme. The man, who previously worked for Bernhardt Furniture Co., of Lenoir, NC. In addition to receiving bid information, the man also received design plans. Using the information, he constructed a highly competitive bid.
When he returns to court, he faces a maximum sentence of five years in federal prison and a maximum fine of $250,000. The judge could also impose another three years of supervised release following the incarceration period. The State Department’s Office of the Inspector general initiated the investigation into the bids after finding irregularities in the process.
Los Angeles antitrust lawyer
When you face federal charges for an antitrust violation, hire an experienced criminal defense attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of criminal defense experience and takes federal cases in any US circuit. Additionally, he takes state level antitrust cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.
Antitrust laws provide both civil and criminal penalties. Criminal antitrust violations include bid rigging, price fixing and market allocation schemes. Any anticompetitive practice is subject to federal and state antitrust laws.
Many federal defendants assume that their only option in federal court is to plead guilty. With the right attorney and the right strategy, it is possible to prevail against federal prosecutors. Sometimes, the evidence is overwhelming and a guilty plea may be your best option, but it shouldn’t be your primary strategy.
Don’t rely on an inexperienced attorney, or one who won’t fight aggressively for your freedom. 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/identity theft case.
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