A criminal antitrust trial in San Francisco has yielded two more convictions. A federal jury convicted two local contractors of mail fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy in a bid rigging scheme.
According to prosecutors, the men submitted fraudulent, non-competitive bids for work at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. As part of the scam, the men submitted inflated bids in exchange for subcontracting work from another developer. The developer designated to “win” the bid, however, was an undercover federal agent. This trial was part of a larger investigation into federal contract bid rigging, which has already netted several convictions.
The judge scheduled a sentencing hearing for the men in June. They could face 20 years in prison on the wire and mail fraud charges. They could also face an additional five years for defrauding the federal government. In addition, the judge could require the men to pay a fine of as much as $500,000.
Federal criminal antitrust lawyer
When you face federal charges for antitrust violations, hire an experienced antitrust lawyer like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in federal criminal defense. He takes federal cases in any circuit in the United States. He also takes state-level criminal cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.
Federal prosecutors have all of the resources they need to investigate, prosecute and convict you. That’s why you need an experienced federal criminal defense attorney on your side. Although it might seem unlikely, you can prevail against federal prosecutions.
Your best defense strategy is to work with an aggressive federal defender who will fight for your rights and freedoms. The prospect of spending 20 years or more in prison is daunting. It’s easy to see why some federal defendants feel like a plea deal may provide better options. Don’t agree to a plea deal until you know everything about the case against you!
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