Cheshire man faces 38 years in prison for bribing public official and fraud

CHESHIRE >> A former employee of the U.S. Postal Service in Cheshire pleaded guilty on Friday to one count of bribing a public official, one count of wire fraud and one count of filing a false tax return, according to a Federal press release.

Robert Giulietti, 57, of Cheshire, was arrested on December 13, 2012, but waived his right to be charged and faces up to 38 years in prison when convicted on May 2.

Giulietti agreed to pay restitution in the amount of $ 882,064.68, as well as back taxes and interest in the amount of $ 291,026.82. The government is seeking the confiscation of a residence Giulietti owns in South Pond Circle, Cheshire, and approximately $ 740,000 which was seized from bank accounts.

According to court documents and statements made in court, Giulietti was the facilities project manager for the US Postal Service (USPS) at the USPS Northeast Facilities Office in Windsor.

Giulietti’s duties included recommending and selecting facility improvement contractors, reviewing and approving bids received from these contractors for USPS work, certification of completion by contractors, and approval of payment authorizations. By pleading guilty, Giulietti admitted that he accepted about $ 89,000 from two contractors to send them inflated USPS facility construction contracts.

Additionally, around September 2009, Giulietti formed MGC LLC to do business with the USPS on projects he worked on. MGC was owned by Giulietti’s wife’s name and her business address was her home address in Cheshire. Operating MGC from his USPS office in Windsor, Giulietti used his position to direct USPS contracts to MGC, approve MGC’s work, and authorize payment to MGC for the work.

After Giulietti directed the USPS contracts to MGC, he hired other contractors to do the actual work involved in the project. Giulietti generated nearly $ 1 million in profit by charging USPS by MGC more than MGC had to pay the contractors who did the actual work.

Between November 2009 and November 2011, Giulietti directed over 150 USPS installation projects to MGC, causing USPS to lose approximately $ 982,064.68.

Giulietti also filed false federal income tax returns for the 2008-2011 tax years by fraudulently deducting MGC payments to his family members and failing to report corrupt payments he received.

“This defendant was a corrupt federal employee who carried out a multi-faceted and brazen scheme that defrauded the Postal Service of nearly a million dollars,” said Deirdre M. Daly, United States District Attorney for the District of Connecticut. “I commend the Office of the Inspector General of the USPS, the Connecticut FBI and the IRS-Criminal Investigation for their excellent work in this investigation, which included the seizure of significant assets of approximately $ 740,000 in cash. and a house in Cheshire. “

Daly, Tom Frost, Special Agent in Charge of the Office of the Inspector General of United States Postal Services, Major Fraud Investigation Division, Patricia M. Ferrick, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and John Collins , Acting Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation, announced Giulietti’s plea.

Daly noted that the investigation is ongoing.

“The Office of the Inspector General will continue to look for cases in which contractors and employees attempt to take advantage of the postal service and commit fraud,” Frost said. “This should mean to all contractors and employees that such conduct, as perpetrated by Mr. Giulietti in this matter, will be fully investigated.”

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