A federal grand jury in San Antonio has indicted six men for allegedly rigging bids on $79 million in work for the U.S. Army Medical Command.
Of the men indicted last week one is a military contracting officer, three are contractors assigned to the command and one is a prominent Hispanic businessman. The sixth is the officer's son.
Prosecutors allege they used their positions to steer contracts for computer equipment and technology to companies they controlled or were aligned with. According to court records, several contracts were narrowly tailored so that only a handpicked company could get them.
In other cases, fake bids were made to make it appear companies were competing when they were working together. Most of the contracts were awarded between 2002 and 2005 for work, equipment or services at nearly 20 Army hospitals.
Among them was Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, where the medical command is headquartered.
The indictment accuses the men of conspiracy to commit bribery and to solicit or disclose confidential bid information before contracts were awarded.