FORMER CONSTRUCTION COMPANY DISPATCHER CHARGED WITH ACCEPTING KICKBACKS
HULON EUGENE PARSONS, a/k/a GENE PARSONS, JR., age 60, a resident of Hammond, Louisiana, was charged today in a one count bill of information with illegally accepting kickbacks from a subcontractor in connection with a federal contract, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten.
According to court documents, the defendant was employed by a construction company headquartered in New Orleans which had agreed to perform asphalt work on the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Belle Chasse, located in Belle Chasse, Louisiana. That company held a subcontract under a prime contract awarded by Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast, an agency of the Department of the Navy. As a trucking dispatcher for his employer, PARSONS’ job duties included deciding which trucking companies would be awarded trucking business in connection with various public works projects, specifically asphalt road projects, of his employer. A cooperating individual reported to law enforcement that he owned a trucking business and he had made cash payments to PARSONS over at least 10 years to ensure that he would continue to be awarded trucking business. When the individual ceased making such payments, the frequency and amount of trucking work awarded to that individual greatly decreased.
Court documents reflect that the individual, using money furnished to him by law enforcement for that purpose, then offered cash payments to PARSONS to obtain and reward favorable treatment in connection with trucking work awarded to him on the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Belle Chasse subcontract. The bill of information charges that PARSONS accepted a total of $900 in cash payments on three occasions from
September through November, 2009.
If he is convicted, PARSONS faces a maximum penalty of ten (10) years imprisonment, three (3) years supervised release, and a $250,000 fine.
U.S. Attorney Letten stated that the investigation is continuing and reiterated that a Bill of Information is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Louisiana State Police. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U. S. Attorney Eileen Gleason.
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