A San Francisco area man will spend 15 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to antitrust offenses. John Brewer is one of three co-conspirators in a federal bid rigging complaint.
Brewer pleaded guilty in January to falsifying the bidding process for California state contracts. He admitted to creating false and inflated bids for services between 2008 and 2012. Following that, he submitted bids from his own company to provide computer services for the state.
Brewer admitted to recruiting firms that had no interest in performing or ability to perform the work specified in the bids. Brewer’s company, Expert Network Consultants received more than 40 contracts worth more than $3 million. One of Brewer’s co-defendants pleaded guilty to participating in the scheme and is awaiting sentencing. The other co-defendant has pleaded not guilty and is awaiting trial.
He could have received as much as 10 years in federal prison and a $1 million fine for his role in the scheme.
California antitrust lawyer
People often think of corporate mergers and federal regulations when they think of antitrust. While that is part of the Sherman Act, federal antitrust laws have both a civil and a criminal component. Actions like bid rigging, price fixing and market allocation are criminal acts under antitrust statutes.
When you face criminal charges for bid rigging, price fixing or market allocation, hire an experienced antitrust lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal courtroom defense. He fights aggressively for his clients, and will fight for you too.
Mr. Helfend takes federal criminal cases in any federal circuit in the United States. He also takes criminal defense cases in state courts in Southern California. When you face federal charges, don’t assume that there’s nothing you can do. If you do nothing else, hire an experienced federal defense lawyer to represent you in 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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