Defense Contractor Sentenced For Bribing Fort Monmouth Employee

first_imgTRENTON, N.J. – The president and CEO of a defense contracting firm in Long Island,N.Y., was sentenced on Wednesday to 24 months in prison for offering a $100,000 bribe to a Departmentof Defense contracting officer at Fort Monmouth in N.J., U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishmanannounced.Thanomsak Hongthong, 58, of Shoreham, N.Y., had previously pleaded guilty beforeU.S. District Judge Anne E. Thompson to an Information charging him with bribery. JudgeThompson pronounced sentence today in Trenton federal court.According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:On Nov. 18, 2009, Hongthong’s company, VDH Precision Machining Corp. – amanufacturer of electrical and mechanical component parts located in Bohemia, N.Y. – wasawarded a contract worth more than $1.7 million to provide spare parts to the U.S. Army. Thiscontract was administered by the U.S. Army’s Contracting Center of the Communications andElectronics Command (CECOM) located in Fort Monmouth. CECOM develops, procures andsustains communications and information technologies systems.Shortly after VDH was awarded this contract, Hongthong contacted the Department ofDefense contracting officer at Fort Monmouth who was responsible for the contract. Hongthongtold the contracting officer that one of VDH’s vendors had increased its price on one of the spareparts VDH was required to provide under the contract, and the contracting officer toldHongthong there was nothing the government could do about the situation.Hongthong later called the contracting officer and requested a meeting, which took placeat Fort Monmouth on Feb. 5, 2010. At the end of this meeting, Hongthong made a statement tothe contracting officer that the contracting officer took as an offer of a bribe. The contractingofficer then contacted officials at Fort Monmouth, who began the investigation.At the direction of law enforcement, the contracting officer met with Hongthong onMarch 17, 2010, at a location near Fort Monmouth. During this recorded meeting, Hongthongoffered the contracting officer $100,000 if the contracting officer would increase the price of thecontract by $430,000. Hongthong also offered the contracting officer $10,000 in cash up front.In a recorded telephone conversation that took place on March 23, 2010, Hongthongoffered the contracting officer $10,000 cash up front, but asked that the contracting officer nowincrease the overall price of the contract by $800,000. The contracting officer and Hongthongagreed to meet on March 27, 2010, at a rest stop off of the Garden State Parkway. Hongthongagreed to bring the initial $10,000 cash payment to this meeting.Hongthong admitted to meeting with the contracting officer at the rest stop on theappointed date. During this meeting, which was recorded by law enforcement, Hongthong gavethe contracting officer $10,000 in cash. Hongthong told the contracting officer that he wanted tomeet again to make additional payments.In addition to the prison sentence, Judge Thompson sentenced Hongthong to three yearssupervised release, fined him $5,000 and ordered him to forfeit $10,000.U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the Defense Criminal InvestigativeService Resident Agency in Edison, N.J., under the direction of Resident Agent in ChargeChristopher Fair; and the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command in Philadelphia, Pa.,under the direction of Resident Agent in Charge Carl Russ, with the investigation leading tosentencing.The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric M. Schweiker of the U.S.Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Trenton.Joshua Markowitz Esq., Trenton, was counsel for the defense.last_img