Thursday, December 18, 2008

Maine Man Charged In Military Bribery Scheme

Maurice Henry Subilia, 64, of Kennebunkport, Maine and the former CEO of Fiber Materials Inc., was charged in an information filed in Alabama on 2 felony counts of Conspiracy to Bribe a Public Official and Bribing a Public Official. Specifically, Subilia has been charged with bribing two officials of the Army's Space and Missile Defense Command with payments of at least $1.2 million over a four year period. According to prosecutors, Subilia bribed Michael Cantrell, who until April 2007 was director of the Integrated Capabilities Management Directorate of the space and missile command, and Douglas Ennis, deputy director of the directorate. The two officials have been separately charged, pleaded guilty earlier this year and are awaiting sentencing in Alabama where this case was brought. According to the complaint, the bribes were to secure Army contracts for two related companies, Lealagi Inc. and Sage Technologies, both of which Subilia served as president and director. Fiber Materials is also now suing Subilia in civil court in Maine, claiming that he defrauded the company over a 30 year period. We note also that Subilia was convicted in 1995, along with other defendants, of export violations of missile control technology to India, but was only sentenced to 6 months in a halfway house. However, as a result, he was placed on the Denied Persons List and deprived them of export privileges until November 2015. In this case he faces up to 20 years in prison and $500,000 in fines if convicted on both charges.

Read the story here, here and here.

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