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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Alaska

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, March 20, 2015

Tennessee Corporation And Employees Indicted By Federal Grand Jury For Bribery

Anchorage, Alaska - U.S. Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced today that Herschell Becker, John Becker aka Jack Becker, and ADA Station Communication, Inc. were indicted by a federal grand jury in Anchorage for bribery of a public official.  The offenses charged occurred from June 2014 through August 2014.

Herschell Becker, 48, of Grandview, Tennessee, and ADA Station Communication, Inc., based in Crossville, Tennesse were charged with three counts of bribery of a public official together with a criminal forfeiture allegation.  Jack Becker, 53, of Crossville, Tennessee was charged with two counts of bribery of a public official together with a criminal forfeiture allegation.

According to the indictment, ADA Station Communication, Inc. was founded in 1995 and has been a telecommunication company, specializing in providing turnkey structured cabling infrastructures including analysis, design, engineering, installation, and maintenance of voice, video, and data networks, obtaining approximately 65% of its business from federal entities.  ADA Station Communication, Inc. has had, and continues to have, subcontracts to install and upgrade fiber optic cables on Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson (JBER) during 2014 and 2015.  Herschell Becker has been the Vice President of ADA Station Communication, Inc. since 1995 and Jack Becker has been an employee of ADA Station Communication, Inc. since approximately 2003.

The indictment alleges that on June 18, 2014, the defendants offered $10,000 to a U.S. Air Force Cable/Antenna Work Leader to accept work previously identified as deficient that they performed as subcontractors installing fiber optic cables on JBER as complete.  The indictment further alleges that on August 28, 2014, the defendants gave $5,000 to a U.S. Air Force Cable/Antenna Work Leader to accept work previously identified as deficient that they performed as subcontractors installing fiber optic cables on JBER.  The indictment also alleges that Herschell Becker and ADA Station Communication, Inc. offered a U.S. Air Force Cable/Antenna Work Leader that it would be well worth his while if he recommended ADA Station Communication, Inc. as subcontractors for future work on JBER.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Yvonne Lamoureux, who presented the case to the grand jury, indicated that the law provides for a maximum total sentence of up to 15 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, or both.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendants.

The Air Force Office of Special Investigations conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.  A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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Public Corruption
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Updated March 23, 2015