James Heslep, a former FBI official responsible for construction and services contracts for FBI buildings around the country, pleaded guilty to receiving a bribe and for filing a false tax return.
Heslep oversaw the construction of the Pocatello Data Center project, a 140,000 square foot complex in Idaho that would accommodate data halls and office space for the FBI. During the construction phase Heslep received payments totaling $120,000 from Robert Bailey, owner of L-1 Construction. Bailey also provided Heslep with first class airfare, hotel accommodations, tickets to a Dallas Cowboys football game and a beach house rental.
In exchange, Heslep arranged for a $16,000 monthly per diem payment from the FBI to Bailey for L-1 employees who stayed at Bailey’s house instead of a hotel. He also convinced his superiors to pay Bailey Washington DC labor rates, rather than lower Idaho rates, and made additional accommodations to benefit L-1 Construction.
Heslep faces up to 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
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