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Prospect Man Sentenced to 16 Months in Federal Prison for Role in Bribery Scheme

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Connecticut

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that MICHAEL USZAKIEWICZ, 52, of Prospect, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Alvin W. Thompson in Hartford to 16 months of imprisonment, followed by one year of supervised release, for his role in a bribery scheme.

According to court documents and statements made in court, Uszakiewicz was the owner of K&M Fire Protection in Southington.  Javed Choudhry was employed by a construction company based in Stamford.  Between approximately 2011 and 2014, Uszakiewicz and other contractors paid a total of $250,000 to $500,000 in bribes to Choudhry to receive millions of dollars in contracts on construction projects in Stamford.

On April 17, 2018, Uszakiewicz pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

As part of the resolution of this case, Uszakiewicz forfeited $1,121,106.

Judge Thompson ordered Uszakiewicz, who is released on a $100,000 bond, to report to prison on January 4, 2019.

On May 16, 2017, Choudhry, of Glastonbury, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count of filing a false tax return.  On September 6, 2018, he was sentenced to eight months of imprisonment and four months of home confinement, and was ordered to pay back taxes of approximately $47,500, plus interest and penalties.

This investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation Division.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Douglas P. Morabito.

Updated November 9, 2018