Head of Alabama Construction Company
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A former president of an Alabama construction company was found guilty Tuesday of rigging bids on more than $250 million in government contract work in Egypt.
The federal jury in Birmingham convicted Elmore Anderson of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. Agency for International Development.
Prosecutors said Bilhar International Establishment of Liechtenstein and Anderson rigged the bidding on contracts for Egyptian wastewater projects. The contracts were meant to promote stability and public health in the Middle East after the Camp David peace accords in the late 1970s.
Anderson faces a maximum penalty of three years imprisonment and a $350,000 fine for the bid-rigging charge, and five years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine for the fraud charge.
Bilhar International Establishment pleaded guilty and agreed to pay $54 million for its role on Feb. 4. Charges against Birmingham-based Bill Harbert International Construction, an affiliate of Bilhar International Establishment, were dismissed as part of the plea agreement.
Three companies earlier were fined and ordered to pay more than $100 million in restitution in the bid-rigging case. The government said the firms conspired to eliminate competition in part through agreements not to bid and payoffs for bidding at inflated levels.
Federal documents said that between August 1989 and June 20, 1993, Harbert-Jones gave the government 33 documents in which officials hid that more than $5.2 million had been paid to rig the contract.