DoD employee sent to prison for kickback scheme plotted at an Olive Garden

Kuwait
Photo credit Photo by Sgt. Miko Booth

An employee with the U.S. Army’s Directorate of Public Works was sentenced to two years in prison this week after pleading guilty to conspiracy to offer a kickback and offering a kickback on a government contract.

Ephraim Garcia colluded with a Kuwaiti-based contracting company owner, Gandhiraj Sankaralingam, to steer U.S. government contracts to his company called Gulf Link. As a Department of Defense employee, Garcia was involved in the contracting solicitation process for Camp Arifjan.

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In 2015, Garcia and Sankaralingam approached an employee of the prime contractor that provided base services as the camp at an Olive Garden restaurant in Mahboula, Kuwait.

Together, they pitched the employee on their plot to steer $3 million worth of contracts to Gulf Link, offering the employee a kickback in return for the grift.

Instead, the employee reported the attempted corruption to base authorities.

Garcia plead guilty back in July and was facing a maximum of 5 years in prison. This week, a judge sentenced him to two years in federal lock up. Sankaralingam remains on the lam and is wanted by authorities.

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