Thursday, 04 March 2021 08:45

Forest Service Employee Allegedly Accepted Bribes, Kickbacks for Approving No-Bid Auto Repair Work


...Isaias’ fictitious company, SIK Parts.


Also, during a 10-week span in late 2016 and early 2017, Perez caused JP’s Auto to finance the purchase of $313,947 worth of tractor trucks and trailers on behalf of Isaias’ trucking business.


The Forest Service placed Isaias on suspension in 2017.


At his arraignment Feb. 25, Perez pleaded not guilty and was ordered to stand trial April 20.


An indictment contains allegations that a defendant has committed a crime. Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.


Each charge of honest services wire fraud carries a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison, while each charge of conflict of interest carries a statutory maximum sentence of five years’ imprisonment.


This matter was investigated by the U.S. Forest Service and the FBI.


This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sean D. Peterson of the Riverside Branch Office.


Source: U.S Department of Justice


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