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Defense Contractor Sentenced For Bribing Fort Monmouth Employee

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Defense Contractor Sentenced For Bribing Fort Monmouth Employee

Published on January 13, 2012 with No Comments

TRENTON, 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 Department

of Defense contracting officer at Fort Monmouth in N.J., U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman

announced.

Thanomsak Hongthong, 58, of Shoreham, N.Y., had previously pleaded guilty before

U.S. District Judge Anne E. Thompson to an Information charging him with bribery. Judge

Thompson 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. – a

manufacturer of electrical and mechanical component parts located in Bohemia, N.Y. – was

awarded a contract worth more than $1.7 million to provide spare parts to the U.S. Army. This

contract was administered by the U.S. Army’s Contracting Center of the Communications and

Electronics Command (CECOM) located in Fort Monmouth. CECOM develops, procures and

sustains communications and information technologies systems.

Shortly after VDH was awarded this contract, Hongthong contacted the Department of

Defense contracting officer at Fort Monmouth who was responsible for the contract. Hongthong

told the contracting officer that one of VDH’s vendors had increased its price on one of the spare

parts VDH was required to provide under the contract, and the contracting officer told

Hongthong there was nothing the government could do about the situation.

Hongthong later called the contracting officer and requested a meeting, which took place

at Fort Monmouth on Feb. 5, 2010. At the end of this meeting, Hongthong made a statement to

the contracting officer that the contracting officer took as an offer of a bribe. The contracting

officer then contacted officials at Fort Monmouth, who began the investigation.

At the direction of law enforcement, the contracting officer met with Hongthong on

March 17, 2010, at a location near Fort Monmouth. During this recorded meeting, Hongthong

offered the contracting officer $100,000 if the contracting officer would increase the price of the

contract 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, Hongthong

offered the contracting officer $10,000 cash up front, but asked that the contracting officer now

increase the overall price of the contract by $800,000. The contracting officer and Hongthong

agreed to meet on March 27, 2010, at a rest stop off of the Garden State Parkway. Hongthong

agreed to bring the initial $10,000 cash payment to this meeting.

Hongthong admitted to meeting with the contracting officer at the rest stop on the

appointed date. During this meeting, which was recorded by law enforcement, Hongthong gave

the contracting officer $10,000 in cash. Hongthong told the contracting officer that he wanted to

meet again to make additional payments.

In addition to the prison sentence, Judge Thompson sentenced Hongthong to three years

supervised release, fined him $5,000 and ordered him to forfeit $10,000.

U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the Defense Criminal Investigative

Service Resident Agency in Edison, N.J., under the direction of Resident Agent in Charge

Christopher 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 to

sentencing.

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.

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