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U.S. Army Research Biologist Pleads Guilty To Engaging In A Bribery Scheme

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

Baltimore, Maryland – Jason Edmonds, age 45 of North East, Maryland pleaded guilty today to a federal charge of bribery relating to a bribery scheme at the Aberdeen Proving Ground.

The guilty plea was announced by Erek L. Barron U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland, Special Agent in Charge William DelBagno of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Baltimore Field Office, Special Agent in Charge Christopher Dillard of the Department of Defense Office of Inspector General, and Special Agent in Charge L. Scott Moreland of the Army Criminal Investigation Division. 

According to the guilty plea, Edmonds was employed by the United States Army as a Research Biologist at the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (“CCDC”) Chemical Biological Center (“CB Center”) located at the Aberdeen Proving Ground (“APG”).  The CCDC CB Center was the nation’s principal research and development center for non-medical chemical and biological weapons defense.  The CB Center developed technology in the areas of detection, protection, and decontamination. 

From 2012 to 2019, Edmonds accepted cash and other financial benefits from John Conigliaro, the owner and CEO of EISCO, Inc. in exchange for favorable action on CB Center contracts.  For example, in July 2013, Edmonds directed a $300,000 CB Center project to EISCO.  Three months later, in October 2013, Conigliaro gave Edmonds $40,000 in cash so that Edmonds could purchase two rental real estate properties.  Once Edmonds purchased the rental properties, Conigliaro paid for thousands of dollars of renovations to the rental properties.

Relative to the cash exchange, Edmonds and Conigliaro executed a “Promissory Note,” which was subsequently amended by Edmonds on June 14, 2014.  In the amended “Promissory Note,” Edmonds credited himself $18,100 against the $40,000 in cash for past projects that Edmonds had directed to EISCO at the CB Center.  Edmonds also wrote that Conigliaro would provide him an additional $25,000 in exchange for future projects that Edmonds would direct to EISCO.

Between December 2016 and August 2017, Edmonds directed a series of government projects to EISCO in exchange for a stream of benefits from Conigliaro, including a kitchen remodel at Edmonds’s personal residence, the purchase of a granite countertop, a kitchen sink, and new siding to his home.

In June 2020, after federal agents attempted to interview Edmonds and Conigliaro, the co-conspirators met approximately three times to discuss the investigation.  During those meetings, Edmonds proposed that he and Conigliaro inform federal investigators that Edmonds had repaid Conigliaro with gold and baseball cards, knowing that it was false.

Edmonds faces a maximum of five years in federal prison for conspiring to commit bribery.  Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties.  A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after taking into account the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.  

U.S. Attorney Barron commended the FBI, the Department of Defense Office of Inspector General, and the Army Criminal Investigation Division for their work in the investigation.  Mr. Barron thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Bijon A. Mostoufi and Michael Cunningham, who are prosecuting the federal case, and Paralegal Specialist Joanna Huber.

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Angelina Thompson
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Updated June 28, 2024