Agency probe uncovers bid-steering, bribery in government contracting

07/18/2013 | Bloomberg

A lengthy investigation of contracting irregularities in the Army Corps of Engineers has uncovered the most extensive incidence of bid-steering and domestic payoffs in federal contracting history, officials say. Prosecutors have used wiretaps, video recordings and informants to piece together a five-year, $1 billion contracting kickback scheme under the Corps' TIGER program. Prosecutors have seized 34 bank accounts and 20 properties and gained 15 guilty pleas, with two more government officials still under investigation, officials said.

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