ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) -- A former U.S. Postal Service official has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for accepting at least $40,000 in bribes to help a Maryland company receive $6 million in contracts.
Forty-eight-year-old Gene Quarles of Spotsylvania pleaded guilty earlier this year in federal court in Alexandria to bribery of a public official. Prosecutors had sought a two-year sentence.
Court documents show Quarles, a purchasing specialist, regularly received payments between 2010 and 2012 from the owners of AH Computer Consulting, Inc. in Rockville, Md. On at least one occasion he received $3,500 cash in a brown paper bag.
In exchange, Quarles provided inside information that helped AHCC land two contracts totaling $6 million.
The company and its CEO-Technical Director, Adel Elaraby of Gaithersburg, Md., have also pleaded guilty and await sentencing.
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