Former Navy Military Sealift Command official and businessman charged with bribery
Monday, May 26, 2014 at 7:28AM
Julie DiMauro in Adam C. White, DCIS, FBI, KKenny E. Troy, MSC, Michael P. McPhail, NCIS, Roderic J. Smith, Scott B. Miserendino, Timothy S. Miller, U.S. Navy Military Sealift Command

A ex- government contractor who worked for the U.S. Navy Military Sealift Command, and a businessman whose company sought contracting business from the Command, were indicted Friday on bribery and obstruction charges.

A federal grand jury charged Scott B. Miserendino with conspiracy to commit bribery, bribery, conspiracy to commit obstruction of criminal investigations and to commit tampering with a witness, and obstruction of criminal investigations.

Timothy S. Miller was charged with conspiracy to commit bribery and two counts of bribery of a public official.

Miserendino was a government contractor at the Military Sealift Command (MSC), the transportation provider for the Department of Defense. According to the indictment, between March 2005 and Frbruary 2009, he allegedly accepted cash payments of about $3,000 per month from agents of a corporation (Company A) that sought contracting business from the MSC.

In total, Miserendino accepted approximately $100,000 in bribes from Company A's agents.

In February 2009, according to the indictment, Miller and his business partner Dwayne A. Hardman established a government contracting corporation (Company B) located in Chesapeake, Va., to provide support to the MSC on various telecommunications projects.  

In May 2009, Miller and Hardman allegedly paid cash bribes totaling $50,000 to Miserendino and his associate, Kennth E. Toy, in exchange for favorable treatment in connection with U.S. government contracts, subcontracts and task orders.

In addition to the bribery charges, Miserendino allegedly obstructed justice and tampered with a witness by causing $85,000 to be paid to Hardman to prevent or delay him from reporting the bribery scheme to law enforcement authorities.

Prior to Friday's indictment, five other individuals had already pleaded guilty in connection with the bribery scheme. 

The DOJ's May 23, 2014 release is here.


Julie DiMauro is the executive editor of FCPA Blog and can be reached here.

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