U.S. Army Employee At Picattiny Arsenal Charged With Conspiracy To Defraud The United States And To Accept Bribes


NEWARK, N.J. – A Pennsylvania man was charged today with abusing his position as an employee of the U.S. Army Contracting Command New Jersey by accepting bribes in connection with renovation projects at Picattiny Arsenal (PICA) and at the Joint Base McGuire-Dix Lakehurst (Ft. Dix), Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick announced.

Kevin Leondi, 56, of Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, was arrested today at PICA. He is charged by complaint with knowingly and intentionally conspiring to defraud the United States and to demand, seek, receive, accept, and agree to accept bribes in return for being influenced in the performance of his official duties. He is scheduled to appear this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Steven C. Mannion in Newark federal court.

According to the complaint:

Leondi represented the Army as a liaison with contractors on renovation projects at PICA and Ft. Dix. A contractor (Contractor No. 1) owned and operated a construction company in Pennsylvania that had subcontracts with a business (Company No. 1) that operated as a prime contractor with respect to various construction projects at PICA and Fort Dix. From December 2010 through August 2015, Leondi demanded and accepted more than $125,000 in bribes from Contractor No. 1 in return for assisting Contractor No. 1 obtain and retain subcontracts and other favorable assistance at PICA and Fort Dix. The bribes included direct payments by Contractor No.1 to Leondi, Contractor No. 1’s purchase of unneeded equipment from Leondi at inflated prices, and Contractor No. 1’s payment for construction work done by another contractor at Leondi’s personal property. Leondi also demanded and accepted more than $30,000 in bribes from someone who managed large-scale construction projects (Project Manager No. 1) for Contractor No. 1. The bribes included cash payments as well as the purchase by Leondi of a truck from Contractor No. 1 at a significantly discounted price.

Leondi also directed Contractor No. 1 to perform free construction work at Project Manager No. 1’s home in Pennsylvania and to pay Project Manager No. 1 approximately $50,000 to help Project Manager No. 1 pay his mortgage.

The conspiracy count with which Leondi is charged carries a maximum potential penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Acting U.S. Attorney Fitzpatrick credited special agents with the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Timothy Gallagher; the U.S. Department of Defense, Defense Criminal Investigative Service, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Leigh Barzey; and the U.S. Army, Major Procurement Fraud Unit, Criminal Investigation Command, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Larry Scott Moreland, with the investigation leading to today’s charges.

The government is represented by Senior Litigation Counsel Leslie Faye Schwartz, of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Special Prosecutions Division, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Barbara Llanes, Deputy Chief, General Crimes Unit, of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Criminal Division, in Newark.

Defense counsel: Ernest D. Preate, Jr. Scranton, Pennsylvania

Topic:
Public Corruption
Updated March 22, 2017

Justice Department Settles Civil Antitrust Claim Against AT&T and DIRECTV for Orchestrating Information Sharing Agreements with Competitors


Department of Justice
Office of Public Affairs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Justice Department Settles Civil Antitrust Claim Against AT&T and DIRECTV for Orchestrating Information Sharing Agreements with Competitors
Settlement Bars Anticompetitive Information Sharing Between Competitors

The Department of Justice announced today that it has reached a settlement that will prohibit DIRECTV and its parent corporation, AT&T, from illegally sharing confidential, forward-looking information with competitors.

The department’s Antitrust Division filed suit on Nov. 2, 2016, alleging that DIRECTV was the ringleader of a series of unlawful information exchanges between DIRECTV and three of its competitors – Cox Communications Inc., Charter Communications Inc. and AT&T (before it acquired DIRECTV) – during the companies’ negotiations to carry the SportsNet LA “Dodgers Channel.” SportsNet LA holds the exclusive rights to telecast almost all live Dodgers games in the Los Angeles area.

The settlement, which will obtain all of the relief sought by the department in its lawsuit, will ensure that when DIRECTV and AT&T negotiate with providers of video programming, including negotiations to telecast the Dodgers Channel, they will not illegally share competitively-sensitive information with their rivals. The settlement also requires the companies to monitor certain communications their programming executives have with their rivals, and to implement antitrust training and compliance programs.

“When competitors email, text, or otherwise share confidential and strategically sensitive information with each other to avoid competing, consumers lose,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Brent Snyder of the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division. “Today’s settlement promotes competition among pay-television providers and prevents AT&T and DIRECTV from engaging in illegal conduct that thwarts the competitive process.”

According to the Complaint, DIRECTV’s Chief Content Officer, Daniel York, unlawfully exchanged competitively-sensitive information with his counterparts at Cox, Charter and AT&T while they were each negotiating for the right to telecast the Dodgers Channel. The companies engaged in these unlawful information exchanges to decrease the risk that any individual company would lose subscribers by not carrying the Dodgers Channel while others did. Eliminating this threat corrupted the competitive bargaining process and likely contributed to the lengthy blackout.

DIRECTV Group Holdings, LLC is a subsidiary of AT&T Inc., a Delaware corporation with headquarters in Dallas. As of 2014, DIRECTV had approximately 1.25 million video subscribers in the Los Angeles area. AT&T is a Delaware corporation with headquarters located in Dallas. As of 2014, AT&T had approximately 400,000 video subscribers in the Los Angeles area.

The proposed settlement agreement, along with the department’s competitive impact statement, will be published in the Federal Register as required by the Antitrust Penalties and Procedures Act. Any person may submit written comments concerning the proposed settlement within 60 days of its publication to Scott Scheele, Chief, Telecommunications and Media Enforcement Section, Antitrust Division, U.S. Department of Justice, 450 Fifth Street, N.W., Suite 7000, Washington, DC 20530. At the conclusion of the 60-day comment period, the court may enter the final judgment upon finding that it serves the public interest.

Anyone with information related to anticompetitive conduct should contact the Antitrust Division’s Citizen Complaint Center at 1-888-647-3258 or visit http://www.justice.gov/atr/contact/newcase.html.

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Updated March 23, 2017

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