Three people are charged with conspiracy, bribery and money laundering involving multi-million dollar US military contracts in Alaska, including Eielson Air Force Base.
Ryan and Raihana Dalbec of Virginia and Brian Lowell Nash II of Washington were indicted Tuesday after allegedly conspiring to award contracts to Dalbecs’ company, Best Choice Construction.
According to the indictment, the Dalbecs paid more than $ 460,000 in bribes to U.S. Air Force contract specialist Nash in 2019. In turn, while stationed in Anchorage
The Elmendorf-Richardson, Nash joint base provided them with confidential information about bases near Anchorage and Fairbanks and helped the couple win several military contracts in Alaska. The contracts included a construction contract related to the F-35 aircraft program at Eielson Air Force Base and contracts to provide construction and related services at JBER, the indictment states.
The indictment also alleges that the defendants “committed several overt acts” to promote the bribery conspiracy. In addition, the Dalbecs and Nash reportedly laundered payments and revenue from the bribery program between March and October 2019 to hide the activity.
If convicted, each defendant faces a prison term of up to 20 years and a fine of $ 500,000 for the most serious charges on the indictment. According to the federal condemnation guidelines, the penalty actually imposed depends on the gravity of the offense and, if applicable, on the previous history of the accused.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Air Force Office of Special Investigations conducted the investigation that led to indictment in the case. The case is being prosecuted by US assistant attorney Ryan D. Tansey.
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