The Justice Department filed a civil complaint yesterday seeking $2 million from a company and its president accused of bribing Defense Department employes to obtain Pentagon hardware contracts.
Attorney General William French Smith said the complaint was filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles against Standard Air Parts Inc., of Sylmar, Calif., and Robert D. Lambert Sr., of Northridge, Calif.
Standard Air sells nuts, bolts, rivets, screws and other hardware for use in aircraft.
Acting Assistant Attorney General Richard K. Willard of the department's civil division said Lambert and Standard Air are alleged to have paid bribes totaling at least $52,616 to buyers for the Defense Industrial Supply Center, a defense agency in Philadelphia.
Willard said the complaint alleges that, in return for the bribes, the government employes gave Lambert and his firm confidential information about the bids of competitors. In addition, Lambert used the bribes to try to get competitors' bids destroyed, the complaint said.
"In some instances, the bribed buyers obtained confidential bid information from government buyers who had not accepted bribes from defendants Lambert and Standard Air and who were unaware of the defendants' corrupt scheme," the complaint said.
Willard said the firm submitted at least 311 tainted bids for which it received contracts or purchase orders. They received "at least $645,951.45 on contracts and purchase orders tainted by bribery, conflicts of interest and false dealings," the complaint said.