DoD Contracting Official Charged with Bribery

April 2, 2013

Federal prosecutors have charged a Defense Department contracting official in California, who purportedly referred to himself as “the Godfather” at Camp Pendelton, with bribery following an undercover sting.

Charging documents filed in U.S. District Court in San Diego late last week accuse Natividad Lara Cervantes with steering a $4 million flooring contract in exchange for tens of thousands of dollars.

Wearing a hidden buttonhole audio and video recorder, an undercover informant met with Cervantes last month and agreed to pay him $40,000 for help securing the upcoming Camp Pendelton flooring contract, according to federal prosecutors.

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