April 20, 2018

Prospect man pleads guilty in bribery case, forfeits $1M-plus

A Prospect man pleaded guilty this week in U.S. District Court in New Haven to taking part in a bribery scheme and agreed to forfeit more than $1 million.

Michael Uszakiewicz, 52, of Prospect, the owner K & M Fire Protection in Southington, is among those alleged to have paid bribes to Jived Choudhry, an employee of Building and Land Technology Inc., which is based in the Stamford area, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

In exchange for the money, Choudhry steered millions of dollars in contracts to Uszakiewicz and others for the company's construction projects in Stamford, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. Choudhry received $250,000 to $500,000 in bribes from Uszakiewicz and others, federal officials said.

Uszakiewicz admitted to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, which carries a maximum sentence of two decades in prison. He also agreed to forfeit $1.1 million seized from his bank accounts in March 2016.

U.S. District Judge Alvin W. Thompson will sentence Uszakiewicz on July 9. He is free on $100,000 bond.

Choudhry, who lives in Glastonbury, and Kevin Dunn, the president of Delmar Electrical Contractors in Watertown, have also pleaded guilty in the case and are awaiting sentencing, officials said.

Christopher Hoffman can be reached at news@newhavenbiz.com

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