Business owner pleads guilty in bribery scheme

Published on Friday, 20 April 2018 21:54
Written by JUSTIN MUSZYNSKI

@muszynskiBP

NEW HAVEN - A Southington business owner has pleaded guilty in a bribery scheme involving hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Michael Uszakiewicz, 52, of Prospect, waived his right to be indicted and pleaded guilty Tuesday, in federal court, to a conspiracy offense related to a bribery scheme.

According to officials from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Uszakiewicz, owner of K&M Fire Protection in Southington, and other contractors paid somewhere between $250,000 and $500,000 in bribes to Javed Choudhry to receive millions of dollars in Building and Land Technology, Inc. (BLT) contracts on construction projects in Stamford between 2011 and 2014.

At the time, Choudhry was employed by BLT, a construction company in the Stamford area.

Uszakiewicz, who is free on $100,000 bond, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, which carries a maximum term of 20 years in prison. He is scheduled to be sentenced on July 9. As part of his guilty plea, he agreed to forfeit $1,121,106, which was seized from his bank accounts on March 28, 2016.

On May 16, Choudhry, of Glastonbury, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count of filing a false tax return.

On Jan. 22, Kevin Dunn, the president of Delmar Electrical Contractors in Watertown, admitted that he also paid bribes to Choudhry and pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

They are both awaiting sentencing.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or jmuszynski@bristolpress.com.



Posted in The Bristol Press, Southington Herald on Friday, 20 April 2018 21:54. Updated: Friday, 20 April 2018 21:57.