Category: California News

San Jose, California - Justin Tolentino became the last of seven defendants involved in a Veterans Affairs (VA) contracting officer bribery scandal to be sentenced, announced United States Attorney Brian J. Stretch, FBI Special Agent in Charge John F. Bennett, and VA Office of Inspector General (OIG) Special Agent in Charge Michael Seitler.  The sentence brings to a close the five-year investigation into a bribery scandal pursuant to which former VA contacting officer, Tracy Marasco, accepted cash, trips, and gifts in exchange for steering million-dollar contracts to particular contractors.

In 2011, the VA OIG and the FBI began their probe into alleged corrupt contracting activities at the VA Medical Centers (VAMCs) in Palo Alto, Calif. and Sacramento, Calif.  Since then, the multi-year investigation resulted in the charging of seven individuals including one VA contracting officer, three VA contracting officer’s representatives, and three construction contractors.  With today’s sentence, all of the defendants have been convicted and sentenced.  The individuals charged and convicted in connection with the scheme include the following:

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jeff Nedrow and Amber Rosen are prosecuting the case with the assistance of Susan Kreider.  The prosecution is the result of an investigation by the FBI and VA-OIG.