DENVER (AP) — A businessman was sentenced to more than two years in federal prison for his role in a conspiracy to bribe a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs official in Colorado, court records said.
Anthony Bueno, 45, was sentenced to 30 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release, The Denver Post reported Tuesday.
Bueno pleaded guilty in the case in September.
Bueno and business partner Robert Revis arranged for an undercover FBI agent to make payments to VA official Dwane Nevins to manipulate the government contracting process, records said.
The undercover agent was posing as a veteran and small business owner.
Bueno and Revis conspired on bids with Nevins, a specialist at the VA’s Network Contracting Office in Colorado.
The men agreed to submit bids from small businesses owned by veterans disabled during military service who were under contract with Bueno and Revis’ consulting company.
The federal contracts would then be set aside for the conspirators' clients, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado.
“As Bueno explained to the undercover agent, the conspirators would then ‘own all the dogs on the track,’ meaning their clients were guaranteed to get the contracts,” the statement said.
Nevins pleaded guilty in September to counts of conspiracy, receiving bribes, extortion, and criminal conflicts of interest.
Revis pleaded guilty in April to a single count of supplementing the salary of a federal official.