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Former federal official gets 2 years, 6 months in prison in bribery, tax fraud schemes

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A former federal official was sentenced to 2 years and 6 months in prison for taking bribes and committing $1.5 million in tax fraud in his position with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.

Frederick J. Leavitt, 50, pleaded responsible in October to 1 depend of conspiracy to commit “honest services fraud” and one depend of conspiracy to defraud the United States. He was ordered to pay $704,002 in restitution.

U.S. District Judge Andrew P. Gordon sentenced Leavitt on Monday.

Leavitt, who was the Director of the Financial Management Office for the Lower Colorado Region, conspired with CPA Dustin M. Lewis of a Las Vegas accounting agency to rig contract bidding, in keeping with a Monday information launch from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Leavitt was on a committee that awarded contracts to carry out auditing companies on Bureau of Reclamation applications.

Lewis paid a bribe of greater than $150,000 to Leavitt to steer a contract to the agency Lewis labored for, L.L. Bradford & Company.

Lewis beforehand pleaded responsible to his function in the scheme. He is scheduled to be sentenced in August.

In a separate tax fraud conspiracy, Leavitt and Lewis labored collectively to file fraudulent tax varieties for 2013, on behalf of six companies that claimed over $11 million collectively in false business deductions. That crime resulted in a tax loss to the IRS in extra of $1.5 million.

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Acting U.S. Attorney Christopher Chiou for the District of Nevada and Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Stuart M. Goldberg of the Justice Department’s Tax Division made the announcement.

The case was investigated by the FBI, the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation, and the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Interior.

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