NEWARK, NJ – A Stroudsburg, Pa. man working for the federal government accepted bribes in connection with renovation projects at Picatinny Arsenal and Fort Dix, said law enforcement officials.
The man, Kevin Leondi, 56, faces up to five years in prison and fines of up to $250,000 if convicted, said acting U.S. Attorney William Fitzpatrick.
He said Leondi was arrested Wednesday at Picatinny Arsenal and charged with “knowingly and intentionally conspiring to defraud the United States and to demand, seek, receive, accept and agree to accept bribes in return for being influenced in the performance of his official duties.”
Leondi was scheduled to appear before U.S. Magistrate Judge Steven Mannion in Newark federal court, Fitzpatrick said.
He said Leondi represented the U.S. Army as a liaison with contractors on renovation projects at the military facilities. From December 2010 through August 2015, Leondi demanded and accepted more than $125,000 in bribes from a contractor in return for helping the contractor “obtain and retain subcontracts and other favorable assistance” at Picatinny and Fort Dix, said Fitzpatrick.
He said the bribes included direct payments by the contractor to Leondi. They also included the contractor’s purchase of unneeded equipment from Leondi at inflated prices and the contractor’s payment for construction work done by another contractor at Leondi’s personal property, said the U.S. Attorney.
“Leondi also demanded and accepted more than $30,000 in bribes from someone who managed large-scale construction projects (Project Manager No. 1)” for the contractor, Fitzgerald said. “The bribes included cash payments as well as the purchase by Leondi of a truck” from the contractor at a “significantly discounted price.”
That’s not all, Fitzgerald said. He said Leondi also directed the contractor to do construction work for free at the Pennsylvania home of the project manager and to pay the project manager about $50,000 to help the man pay his mortgage.
A complaint detailing a number of schemes for which Leondi is accused can be found here.
Fitzpatrick credited the charges to work done by special agents with the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Timothy Gallagher; the U.S. Department of Defense, Defense Criminal Investigative Service, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Leigh Barzey; and the U.S. Army, Major Procurement Fraud Unit, Criminal Investigation Command, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Larry Scott Moreland.