2 plead guilty in pension bribery scheme

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — The procurement director of the federal Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. and the CEO of a northern Virginia contracting firm have pleaded guilty to their roles in a multimillion-dollar bribery scheme.

Jeffrey B. Donahue, 42, of Herndon, and Nadeem Ansari, 47, of Haymarket, each pleaded guilty Monday to bribery conspiracy charges in federal court in Alexandria.

Donahue was procurement director of the PBGC until February. Ansari’s company is not named in court documents, but he is listed as the CEO of Quantico-based Forcewave, and other details in the court papers match Forcewave’s corporate history.

Federal prosecutors say Donahue successfully steered a $3 million contract to Ansari’s company in 2016 and earlier tried unsuccessfully to steer a $55 million contract his way.

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Donahue received at least $48,000 in cash and was promised a future job in Ansari’s company with $1 million.

Court papers indicate that Donahue and Ansari knew each other before the scheme was launched, and that Donahue first proposed the idea.

Donahue’s attorney declined comment. Ansari’s lawyer did not return an email Monday seeking comment.

PBGC Director Gordon Hartogensis issued a statement saying his office would continue working with the PBGC’s inspector general’s office, which investigated the case along with the FBI.

“Fraud, abuse, and any other illegal and unethical behaviors have no place in the federal government’s operations. They are unacceptable in any case — but especially when they involve the hard-earned dollars of the workers and retirees PBGC protects,” he said.

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