A Chula Vista couple pleaded guilty to wire fraud Aug. 19 in federal court in connection with a widespread bribery case involving the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command that’s based in San Diego.
According to federal prosecutors, Elizabeth Ramos, 42, and her husband, Louis Williams, 43, admitted that from 1999 to 2008 they paid $200,000 to $400,000 in cash to another San Diego couple, Gary and Kelly Alexander, in return for Gary Alexander’s intercession to ensure Ramos and Williams’ company was hired for work under federal government contracts. Gary Alexander is a former employee of Spawar.
Ramos and Williams’ company, Technical Logistics Corp., was hired as a subcontractor on several occasions by Computer Sciences Corp. and Kratos Defense and Security Solutions, and paid about $4.8 million, prosecutors said.
Besides the cash bribes, the defendants said they gave Gary Alexander a Rolex watch, expensive dinners, men’s clothing, and a Palm Springs vacation as part of the arrangement to keep receiving government contracts.
Ramos and Williams, who are scheduled to be sentenced in February, were indicted in July, along with the Alexanders, prime contractor Jackie Goodwin, and Sinthia Nares on a variety of charges including bribery and wire fraud. The Alexanders were charged with filing false tax returns.
The defendants are scheduled for trial in January.
, Mike Allen