DRACUT -- A Dracut man is accused of bribing a U.S. Navy contracting official in connection with federal construction projects in Singapore, authorities say.
Hector Sanchez, 52, president and co-owner of Chelmsford-based P&S Construction Inc., allegedly paid $15,000 to a contracting officer in exchange for help avoiding assessments that could hurt P&S's ability to obtain government contracting work, according to a Department of Justice press release.
Sanchez, the president and co-owner of the general contracting corporation, was charged Tuesday with two counts of bribery of a public official, the release states.
A recorded conversation captured between Sanchez and the contracting officer for Naval Facilities Engineering Command Far East included the 52-year-old seeking help to avoid the assessment of liquidated damage against P&S, according to the release. Sanchez said in the recording that the liquidated damage assessments would negatively impact P&S's ability to obtain government contracting work in the future, the release states.
Sanchez allegedly delivered $10,000 in June 2016 and $5,000 in December 2016 to the Naval contracting officer, while federal agents conducted covert surveillance.
During recorded conversations, Sanchez allegedly told the contracting official that P&S was "looking for the LDs (liquidated damages) to go away," the release states.
According to the release, Sanchez is also recorded saying, "This is the first time we're doing something, OK? Let's keep it up ... This is not a onetime deal ... This is business."
The charge of bribery of a federal public official includes a sentence no greater than 15 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000, or three times the monetary equivalent of the bribe -- whichever is greater, the release states.