Joseph O'Brien 9 a.m., April 26
Navy officers, contractors sentenced over bribery scheme
Four civilian Navy officials and three defense contractors have been sentenced as a result of a bribery scheme in which the contractors provided over $1 million in bribes including “checks, retail gift cards, flat screen television sets, luxury massage chairs, home appliances, bicycles costing thousands of dollars, model airplanes, and home remodeling services.”
In exchange for the gifts, Navy employees Donald Vangundy of Chula Vista (sentenced to 41 months imprisonment), Kiet Luc of San Diego (sentenced to 30 months), Brian Delaney of La Mesa (who received 5 years’ probation and 30 weekends in jail), and David Lindsay of San Diego (also getting 5 years’ probation and 30 weekend jail stays), placed several million dollars’ worth of fraudulent orders.
The contractors involved, John Newman of Poway, Michael Graven of Carlsbad, and Paul Grubiss of Wickliffe, Ohio, all received 18 month sentences for their involvement. All involved parties pleaded guilty to charges related to the scam last March, which variously included conspiracy to commit bribery, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and filing false tax returns.
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