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Company owner sentenced in Stamford bribery scheme

November 10, 2018

STAMFORD — The owner of a fire suppression company who paid bribes to an employee of the city’s largest developer in exchange for contracts has been sentenced to 16 months in jail.

Michael Uszakiewicz, 52, of Prospect, was sentenced Friday in Hartford federal court.

According to documents and statements made in court, Uszakiewicz, owner of K&M Fire Protection in Southington, and other contractors paid former Building and Land Technology employee Javed Choudhry up to $500,000 in bribes in return for millions in kickback contracts for construction projects in Stamford between 2011 and 2014.

“Since we were first made aware of this matter last year, BLT has fully cooperated with the authorities on the investigation and will continue to do so as needed regarding this prior employee’s criminal actions,” read a BLT statement released in April when Uszakiewicz pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

As part of the resolution of the case, Uszakiewicz forfeited more than $1.1 million according to the release.

Judge Alvin Thompson ordered Uszakiewicz, who has been free on $100,000 bond, to report to prison on Jan. 4.

Choudhry, of Glastonbury, pleaded guilty in May 2017 to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count of filing a false tax return. He was sentenced in September to eight months in prison and four months of home confinement, and was ordered to pay back taxes of approximately $47,500, plus interest and penalties.

jnickerson@stamfordadvocate.com

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