A San Francisco business consultant pleaded guilty to antitrust violations in a longstanding federal investigation. The man pleaded guilty last month to participating in a bid rigging conspiracy. He also pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI.
The consultant was part of a group of contractors that agreed to submit falsely high bids for government contracts. The designated low bidder would receive the federal contract, and then pay the “losing” bidders. The scheme operated between 2013 and 2014, and targeted federal construction contracts.
The business consultant admitted to receiving $15,000 in payments and requesting an additional $15,000. The plea is part of a larger conspiracy investigation that has already seen several convictions. The “winning” bidder was actually an undercover FBI agent. The probe eventually snared a Chinese organized crime figure, a former State senator and several contractors who participated. Also indicted were a school board member, and a Human Rights Commission member. Those indictments resulted from FBI wiretaps, but were not related to the bid rigging scheme. Wiretapped conversations also indicated that some contractors paid for preferential treatment on San Francisco city contracts.
The business consultant, who returns to court for sentencing in January, could face up to 15 years in prison.
Federal antitrust lawyer
When you face bid rigging charges, hire an experienced antitrust lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in federal criminal defense. He takes federal criminal defense cases in any circuit in the United States. He also takes state criminal defense cases in Southern California.
Federal prosecutions rightly raise concerns among defendants. The federal win-rate is very high, largely because they choose their cases carefully. When you face federal prosecution, you need to have an aggressive, well prepared attorney on your side.
Don’t assume that there’s no way to defend yourself against federal charges, or that a guilty plea is your best option. 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.