Maryland man pleads guilty to bribing Army Researcher – CBS Baltimore

BALTIMORE (AP) – Federal prosecutors say a Maryland man pleaded guilty that he bribed an Army research biologist in exchange for projects given to his company.

John R. Conigliaro, 60, of Kingsville on Thursday pleaded guilty to conspiring to bribe a public official, according to US Attorney for Maryland Erek Barron.

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Conigliaro owns a company that provides general construction services, including stationary and mobile biochemistry laboratories. From 2012 to 2019, he bribed a research biologist at the US Army’s Combat Command Center for Chemical Biology at Aberdeen Proving Ground, according to the plea. APG is the nation’s primary research and development center for non-medical chemical and biological weapons defense.

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Prosecutors say Conigliaro bribed the biologist with cash loans, payments for renovations of rental properties and other things in exchange for directing the center’s projects for his company. According to the guilty plea, Conigliaro paid more than $95,000 in bribes, and the biologist directed more than $1 million in contracts for the company.

Conigliaro is scheduled for sentencing in May. He faces five years in prison.

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