March 25 – Update, 10.30 a.m. Wednesday, March 24:

Court records show Brian Nash was arrested Monday in Longview, Washington, and Ryan Dalbec and Raihana Nadem were arrested in Phoenix on Monday.

Original story:

A couple bribed an airman stationed in Anchorage in exchange for confidential information that enabled them to win more than $ 8 million in military construction contracts in Alaska. This resulted in a federal indictment that was unsealed Tuesday.

Ryan Dalbec, 42, and Raihana Nadem, 27, owned Best Choice Construction from North Dakota, according to the indictment filed in federal court last week. The company was a federal government contractor that provided construction and other services to the Alaska District, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Brian Nash, 30, was a registered E-4 Senior Airman Contract Specialist assigned to the 673rd Contract Squadron at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Anchorage. His position gave him access to confidential information about government tenders and cost estimates for military contracts, according to the indictment.

Nash joined the military in 2016 and was transferred to JBER in 2017, said Erin Eaton, head of media at the base. He was fired from service in April 2020, but Eaton said she had no information on whether the dismissal was related to recent criminal charges.

Military bids are open to tender and are awarded at the lowest qualifying bid price, as per the indictment.

From March to November 2019, Dalbec and Nadem Nash pledged, giving “cash and other valuable items, both as prepayment and as a percentage of the total value of contracts won with the information provided by Nash,” the indictment reads.

Dalbec’s company has won numerous offers at both JBER and Eielson Air Force Base in Fairbanks totaling more than $ 8 million, according to the indictment.

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Nash shared with Dalbec and Nadem what the other offers were, or what the internal government estimate was for a particular project, according to the indictment, using a burner phone and personal email account.

In one case, the indictment said he asked the couple to submit a $ 7.1 million bid to work on the Eielson F-35 building in Fairbanks.

Nash told the couple that he obtained the confidential information about offers at Eielson Air Force Base through other contacts who also received part of the payments, the indictment said. No other person is named or charged in the indictment.

In an attempt to hide the payments, the couple would pay Nash by transferring and transferring money to him through family members’ bank accounts, the indictment stated.

“Dalbec expressed concern that large sums of money cannot be hidden even when making transfers,” the indictment said.

Nash received about $ 460,000 from the couple, the indictment said.

Dalbec, Nadem and Nash are charged with conspiracy, bribery and money laundering.