On November 7, 2017, a 50-year-old man from Bel Air, Maryland was sentenced to prison for bribery in connection with his duties at the United States Army Public Health Command at Aberdeen Proving Ground. Rainier Ramos was sentenced to two years in prison, twelve months of home confinement and three years of supervised release. The defendant will also pay a judgment of at least $33,000 and restitution of $2,215,779.
Co-conspirator 40-year-old Bhupesh Wadhawan of Ashburn, Virginia pleaded guilty earlier and was sentenced to five years in prison. He has also been ordered to pay $2,215,779 in restitution. Ramos served as a civilian information technology professional at the United States Army Public Health Command at Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG). His co-conspirator Bhupesh Wadhawan was the owner and CEO of Link Solutions Inc., which is an information technology company based out of McLean, Virginia.
Starting in September of 2009, the defendants engaged in a scheme in which Wadhawan offered, promised and ultimately gave Ramos benefits worth approximately $33,000. The benefits ranged from meals and drinks to rounds of golf and even tickets to sporting events. In return, Ramos’s provided favorable treatment to Wadhawan’s business interests. The action was a violation of Ramos’s lawful duty to the United States Army Public Health Command.
Eventually in early 2010, Wadhawan set his sights on a high value IT contract. The Agency Information Technology Services Support contract was held by the CSC Corporation in Fall of 2009, but was later re-competed. It had a value of $10,000,000 in the base year and the option to extend for four more years for a total value exceeding $50,000,000.
Ramos took bribes from Wadhawan to find contracting opportunities for LSI in spring and summer of 2010. Ramos had the intention of increasing LSI’s chances of developing a track record and being awarded the MEDCOM contract. Wadhawan advocated for an Ramos recommended that a portion of the AITSS contract should be reserved for companies as a part of the United States Small Business Administration 8(a) program. As a result, the former CSC contract was restricted to 8(a) entities.
Ramos took additional steps to increase the likelihood that Wadhawan’s company would be awarded the MEDCOM contract. This included providing Wadhawan with the winning proposal of the previous contractors. He also helped write the Statement of Work. Eventually, the contract was awarded to LSI. Since July of 2016, LSI has been paid nearly $37 million by the United States government.
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