A former Los Angeles Department of Water and Power employee will serve a five-year sentence and repay nearly $4.5 million dollars in embezzled funds. In addition, the Department is seeking civil remedies against the man for his part in a bid-rigging scheme. DWP officials say the antitrust violations include bid-rigging and steering DWP contracts to friends and front companies.
Officials say that Thatcus Richard, 66, ran a bid-rigging scheme for DWP contracts for more than two decades. He also collected tens of thousands of dollars in kickbacks from the tainted contracts. According to investigators, Richard steered contracts to his friends, who subcontracted the work back to Richard. Richard then used DWP equipment and resources to perform the contracted work. DWP has made a number of changes to its contracting procedures as a result of the case.
Los Angeles Antitrust Attorney
Antitrust actions can be prosecuted in criminal court, civil court or both. The federal government initiates most antitrust cases, although antitrust actions violate both federal and state laws. Because of the complexity of an antitrust prosecution, you need the assistance of an experienced antitrust attorney like Robert Helfend.
Robert Helfend takes cases in both state and federal courts, and practices criminal defense exclusively. In nearly 35 years of practice, Mr. Helfend has helped thousands of Californians prepare and present effective, aggressive criminal defenses.
Your best defensive strategy is to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney. Robert Helfend takes criminal cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California. He also takes federal criminal defense cases in any federal circuit in the United States.
Don’t settle for 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 case.
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