Camp Pendleton Employee Accused of Taking Bribe

April 1, 2013

A U.S. Defense Department employee who federal officials said referred to himself as the “Godfather at Camp Pendleton” because of his influence over construction contracts was arrested after extorting a $10,000 bribe from a cooperating witness for the FBI, officials said Monday.

The $10,000 was the first payment of a $40,000 bribe that was intended to influence who got a $4 million flooring contract at the Marine base, FBI Special Agent Darrell Foxworth said in a statement.

Natividad “Nate” Lara Cervantes, 64, of San Diego, was taken into custody Thursday after the cooperating witness handed him the $10,000 in an envelope after the two met at a cigar lounge on Miramar Road, according to a federal complaint.

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