Walter Reed Contracting Official Sentenced to over 3 Years in Prison for Steering Contracts in Exchange for Kickbacks

July 29, 2009

Greenbelt, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Peter J. Messitte sentenced Kevin R. Roach, age 48, of Fredericksburg, Virginia, today to 41 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for conspiring to defraud the U.S. Army of his honest services as a public official by steering federal contracts at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in exchange for kickbacks, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein. Judge Messitte also ordered Roach to pay a $3,000 fine.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein said, “Kevin Roach abused his authority as an Army contracting officer by taking bribes in return for government contracts. Public officials must pursue the public interest and not line their own pockets at taxpayer expense."

Roach entered his guilty plea on April 21, 2009, the day his trial was scheduled to begin, after two other individuals involved in the scheme, Louis Pisani Jr. and Leon Krachyna, also entered guilty pleas. According to their plea agreements, Roach was a long-time civilian contract specialist with the U.S. Army Medical Command responsible for facilitating the procurement of goods and services for Walter Reed. In a scheme lasting between 1999 and 2003, Roach steered government contracts worth up to $2.2 million to Platinum Contractors, Inc., a company based in Silver Spring, Maryland. The contracts involved tree maintenance and moving services at Walter Reed. The sole shareholder and president of Platinum Contractors was Louis Pisani. Pisani and his partner, Leon Krachyna, agreed to kickback 10% of the contract payments to Roach in exchange for favorable treatment, including confidential bidding information. The kickbacks included cash and checks made payable to Roach and his spouse from company bank accounts. Pisani also gave Roach a $30,000 Ford F-150 pick-up truck to use free of charge, while Pisani’s business paid $16,000 in insurance premiums and loan payments on the truck.

Louis Pisani, Jr., age 43, of Silver Spring, Maryland, faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison for conspiracy to bribe a public official and 20 years in prison for obstruction of an agency investigation. Leon Krachyna, age 41, of Rockville, faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison for conspiracy to bribe a public official. No dates have been set for their sentencings.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Army Criminal Investigation Command, the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation and the Montgomery County Fire Marshal's Office for their investigative work. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Michael R. Pauze and Steven M. Dunne, who are prosecuting the case.



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