Federal prosecutors yesterday charged five former General Services Administration building management employes and three GSA repair and building alteration contractors on fraud and bribery counts.
The U.S. attorney's office in Washington alleged that the five GSA employes received a total of $141,000 to $159,000 in bribes for writing contracts to perform alteration work that never existed.
Among them were former assistant building managers of the State Department, Agriculture, and Veterans Administration buildings.
The three contractors allegedly defrauded the government of $60,000 through phony alteration contracts obtained by bribing GSA employes.
The charges resulting from an FBI investigation under the direction of Assistant U.S. Attorney William S. Block, bring to 62 the number charged in continuing probes of GSA corruption. Of that number, 49 have pleaded guilty or been convicted. Forty-five of the charges were brought by the U.S. attorney's office in Baltimore.
The former GSA employes charged in Washington yesterday are:
Robert E. Allison, 50, of Silver Spring, who was an assistant building manager at the Veterans Administration. He is alleged to have received from $40,000 to $75,000 in kickbacks from contractors.
William F. Chandler, 51, of Vienna, who was assistant building manager at the State Department. He is alleged to have received $30,000 in kickbacks for authorizing work that never existed.
Ernest Giacalone, 58, of Kensington, who was a painting foreman at the Agriculture Department. He allegedly demanded the received $4,000 to influence his actions as a GSA employe.
Thomas M. Kearney, 43, of New Carrolton, who was an assistant building manager at the State Department and manager of GSA's Rock Creek field office. He is alleged to have received kickbacks totaling $35,000 for authorizing nonexistent work.
Robert E. Palmer, 55, of Washington, who was a production scheduling assistant at the State Department. He is alleged to have received $15,000 in kickbacks for authorizing phony contracts.
The contractors are:
Albert Brand, 42, of Alexandria, owner of Almart Electrical Construction Co. of Alexandria. He is alleged to have given $40,000 in unspecified items for the personal use of GSA employes. They then overstated by $40,000 the amount of repair work he performed, according to the charges.
Alfred J. Pratt, 39, of Washington, owner of Pratt Painting Co. of Washington. He is alleged to have performed unspecified personal services for GSA employes so they would award him contracts.
Thomas P. Quinn, 50, of Takoma Park, owner of Quinn Janitorial Services Inc. of Takoma Park. He is alleged to have obtained $28,000 in contracts covering only $8,000 of legitimate work. The remaining $20,000 was split with GSA employes who awarded the contracts, according to the charges.