Fri, Feb 08, 2008
Faces 45 Years In Prison For 2003 Payments
Sentencing is scheduled for May 12
in the case of a former FAA contractor charged with bribing an FAA
The South Jersey News reports Martha Lianidis, president of
Digital Management Systems, pleaded guilty Wednesday to paying more
than $23,000 in bribes to Darrell Woods in early 2003, while Woods
was a program manager at the FAA's William J. Hughes Technical
Center in Atlantic County. In that role, Woods oversaw DMS'
performance on government contracts, several of which Woods aided
the company in winning, according to federal prosecutors.
Lianidis paid the money to Woods over three installments. She
admitted to prosecutors she paid the money, with the intent of
influencing Woods in his performance of his duties at the FAA.
Indictments against Lianidis were put forth in August 2007.
Woods, who has since left the agency, pleaded guilty in June 2007
to charges of money laundering related to the bribery, and wire
fraud. He still awaits sentencing.
Lianidis faces a maximum of 15 years in prison, and a $250,000
fine, for each of the three instances of bribery. She may also have
to forfeit her assets to the government.
In determining Lianidis' sentence, US District Judge Garrett E.
Brown, Jr. is required to consult US Sentencing Guidelines -- which
take into account the severity of the action, and the defendant's
past criminal history, along with other factors. Judge Brown is not
required to follow those guidelines, however.
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