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Monday, February 8, 2010

Procurement Fraud conviction -- Oklahoma

man sentenced in Tulsa Public Works scandal
Stuart Jay Franklin, 49, pleaded guilty in September to a federal bribery charge connected to the city’s public corruption scandal. He is the fifth of six defendants to be sentenced in the case.

He admitted that while working as an accountant for FBS Inc., an engineering design and inspection services firm in Tulsa, he paid $6,150 of what was to be a $10,000 bribe to Albert Martinez to steer engineering inspection services contracts to the company.

The judge took exception to any assertion that Franklin’s crime was a victimless one. “The victims are the city of Tulsa and all of the citizens of the city of Tulsa,” Kern said.

Kern said the case had harmed public confidence in the competitive bidding process and deprived the people of Tulsa of the honest services they expected.

Read more from this Tulsa World article at http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/article.aspx?subjectid=14&articleid=20100202_14_0_AClare19590&allcom=1

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