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Marine Corps Reserve Official Charged With Conspiracy to Commit Bribery for Facilitating Over $1,900,000 in Defense Contracts

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

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – United States Attorney Peter G. Strasser announces that ERIK MARTIN, aged 48, has been charged by a Bill of Information with Conspiracy to Commit Bribery, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 371 and 201(b)(2). If convicted, MARTIN faces up to five years imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, a $250,000 fine, and a mandatory special assessment of $100.

According to the Bill of Information, in 2019, MARTIN was a civilian employee of the United States Marines Corps Marine Forces Reserve (MARFORRES) Distribution Management Office (DMO), located in New Orleans, Louisiana. Co-Conspirator A was a Senior National Account Manager at Company A, a bus brokerage company based in Atlanta, Georgia.  MARTIN is charged with accepting bribes in exchange for directing transportation contracts to businesses associated with Co-Conspirator A.

The conspiracy resulted in at least $1.9 million in transportation contracts being corruptly awarded to companies associated with Co-Conspirator A.  In exchange for steering contracts to Co-Conspirator A, MARTIN agreed to accept $250,000 in bribes.

U. S. Attorney Strasser praised the work of the Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS), the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), and the United States Secret Service for their investigation in this case. The prosecution is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney Myles Ranier.

U. S. Attorney Strasser stated that a Bill of Information is only an allegation, and that the defendant is presumed innocent until he pleads guilty or is found guilty by a jury or judge.

Updated November 2, 2020

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