A federal judge sentenced a former procurement manager for Hill Air Force Base to two years in prison for his role in a bribery and fraud scheme aimed at helping a Florida-based company land military contracts.
Jose Mendez, 52, of Farr West, pleaded guilty to three counts involving conspiracy, bribery and procurement fraud in October 2011, the same month he was indicted by a federal grand jury. U.S. District Court Judge Dale A. Kimball sentenced Mendez on Wednesday.
Mendez was the procurement program manager for the U.S. Air Force Foreign Materials Acquisition Support Office at the base. In a plea agreement with prosecutors, Mendez admitted accepting money and other goods from Sylvester and Maria Zugrav, owners of the Atlas International Trading Co., from 2008 to August 2011 in exchange for access to information that helped the Zugrav land contracts.