February 22, 2024
Federal courthouse in downtown San Diego. Picture by Chris Stone

A former San Diego-based Navy civilian worker who prosecutors say took bribes within the type of free meals and tickets to main sporting occasions from a protection contractor has been indicted by a federal grand jury, prosecutors introduced Tuesday.

The indictment expenses the ex-Naval Data Warfare Middle worker, 63-year-old James Soriano, and the proprietor of Virginia-based protection contractor Intellipeak Options, Phillip Flores, 52.

Flores allegedly bribed Soriano with tickets to the 2018 World Collection, the 2019 Tremendous Bowl and free dinners at varied San Diego-area eating places, together with De Medici Cucina, the College Membership and Bluewater Boathouse Grill.

The U.S. Legal professional’s Workplace alleges that in return for these bribes, Soriano “steered thousands and thousands of {dollars} in contracts to Intellipeak” and let Flores draft procurement paperwork for contracts.

In a bid to cover the scheme, Soriano allegedly falsified authorities paperwork, whereas Flores falsely claimed Intellipeak had finished a majority of the work on the awarded contracts, in line with prosecutors.

The case is carefully associated to a separate case involving one other ex-employee of the Naval Data Warfare Middle.

That worker, Dawnell Parker, took “1000’s of {dollars} in free meals” from protection contractors in alternate for her advocacy on the contractors’ behalf as they competed for presidency contracts.

Parker pleaded responsible final month to a conspiracy to commit bribery cost.

Metropolis Information Service contributed to this text.