Federal authorities arrested a 55-year-old Connecticutt man on bribery, conspiracy, wire fraud and money laundering charges this morning following a joint investigation by the United States Postal Service Inspector General, FBI and IRS.
Robert Giulietti was a USPS facilities project manager at the service's Northeast Facilities Office in Windsor, Conn. His job put him in position to recommend and select contractors responsible for improvements on the Northeast Facilities Office. He also reviewed and approved bids from contractors seeking USPS contracts, certified completion of work under those contracts and approved payments.
"The complaint alleges that Giulietti accepted significant corrupt payments from contractors doing business with the USPS in return for being influenced in the performance of his official duties," said David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, and Joanne Yarbrough, Special Agent in Charge of the United States Postal Service Office of Inspector General, Major Fraud Investigations Division, in a joint statement issued by the Department of Justice.
The government alleges that Giuletti established a front company - MGC LLC - then awarded USPS contracts and approved payments to the front company. He also recruited other companies to do that actual work required under the contracts Giuletti directed to his front company. He "generated hundreds of thousands of dollars in profit by having MGC charge USPS more than MGC had to pay the contractors who performed the actual work," according to the statement.
To conceal his activities, the government alleges Giuletti deposited the proceeds into bank accounts he controlled, using official payments he authorized totalling approximately $250,000. Officials seized approximately $630,000 from accounts in three banks used by Giuletti.
Conviction on the bribery charge could result in a maximum jail term of 15 years and a fine of as much as $250,000. A conspiracy conviction could result in a five-year jail term and a fine of up to $250,000. A wire fraud conviction involves a potential maximum term of 20 years in jail and a $250,000 fine, while a money laundering conviction could result in a 20-year prison term and a $500,000 fine.