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JEWETT CITY MAN WHO ACCEPTED GRATUITY
FROM MILITARY SUPPLIER IN KUWAIT IS SENTENCED

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 3, 2011

David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that BARRY S. SZAFRAN, 49, of Jewett City, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Mark R. Kravitz in New Haven to one year of probation, the first four months of which SZAFRAN must spend in home confinement, for accepting a gratuity from a foreign supplier of fire safety systems to a military base in Kuwait in Iraq.

According to court documents and statements made in court, SZAFRAN was the civilian fire alarm manager at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, for a prime contractor for the U.S. Army on a government-owned, contractor-operated base.  In this position, SZAFRAN had a leading role in maintaining an adequate supply of repair/replacement parts for fire safety systems for the facility.

The investigation, which included an examination of SZAFRAN’s e-mail communication, revealed that SZAFRAN had developed an unethical business relationship with a local parts vendor.  On July 9, 2008, SZAFRAN recommended that the prime contractor accept a bid from the parts vendor for an order for fire alarm panels.  A few days later, the vendor emailed SZAFRAN details of a round-trip flight between Kuwait and Rhode Island that the vendor was purchasing for SZAFRAN.  The prime contractor subsequently purchased the fire alarm panels from the vendor.  SZAFRAN then used the round-trip flight that had been purchased by the vendor.  Because his flight was paid for by the vendor, SZAFRAN was able to obtain from his employer $2,169 in cash in lieu of travel expenses for which the contractor, in turn, received reimbursement from the U.S. Army.

Additional e-mails examined during the course of the investigation revealed that SZAFRAN also provided details of competitors’ bid and pricing information.

During the spring of 2009, SZAFRAN also stole a box of smoke detectors from the contractor, valued at approximately $5000, and provided them to the vendor.

Today, SZAFRAN was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $7,169.

On July 15, 2011, SZAFRAN waived his right to indictment and pleaded guilty to one count of illegally receiving a gratuity

This case was investigated by the Defense Criminal Investigative Service and the United States Army, Criminal Investigative Division.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Christopher W. Schmeisser.

PUBLIC AFFAIRS CONTACT:

U.S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE
Tom Carson
(203) 821-3722
thomas.carson@usdoj.gov

 

 

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