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Sealift Command contractor charged for taking $3M in bribes

May 8, 2017 (Photo Credit: United States Navy, Photographer’s Mate Airman Tony C. Foster/Wikimedia Commons)
A contractor who worked on the Navy’s supply and transport arm is facing a five-count indictment for his alleged role in a bribery scheme that allegedly netted him $3 million.

Scott B. Miserendino Sr., 58, was charged on May 4 on charges that he accepted bribes over 15 years while working for a contractor at the Military Sealift Command.

The indictment alleges that Miserendino, while employed as a contractor for Military Sealift Command, assisted Joseph P. Allen and his contracting company “in obtaining and expanding a commission agreement with a telecommunications company” that provided satellite services to MSC.

Officials said that Miserendino used his position to influence MSC to take “official acts” that benefited the telecommunications company, and Allen through the commission agreement, from 1999 until 2014.

Among the charges, the indictment alleges that Allen paid Miserendino to provide access to Navy ships so his company could perform services, including establishing the telecommunication company’s product as the default system over other providers.

Miserendino also allegedly advised MSC officials on the use of the telecommunication company’s products and facilitated payment to the company.

Allen already pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit bribery on April 19, and is awaiting sentencing, which is scheduled for July 28 in federal district court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Miserendino had already been sentenced to 96 months in prison and ordered to forfeit $212,000 in 2014 for a separate bribery case involving his time at MSC.

The current indictment charges him with one count of conspiracy to commit bribery and honest services mail fraud, one count of bribery and three counts of honest services mail fraud.
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