Federal authorities arrested a postal service worker Thursday on allegations that he took payments from contractors doing business with the U.S. Postal Service and directed the money into a business he created.
Robert Giulietti, 55, of Cheshire, was taken into custody on charges of bribery, conspiracy, wire fraud and money laundering, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General. The government also seized $630,731 from three of Giulietti’s bank accounts in proceeds from the alleged scheme, officials said.
Giulietti worked as a postal service facilities project manager at the USPS Northeast Facilities Office in Windsor, where he was in charge of recommending and selecting facility improvement contractors as well as reviewing and approving bids for those contractors for USPS work.
The news release said Giulietti accepted “significant corrupt payments” from contractors doing business with the postal service in return for “being influenced in the performance of his official duties.”
In September 2009 Giulietti formed MGC LLC, an entity he controlled under the name of a nominee owner. He operated the faulty company from his Windsor office and used his position to direct USPS contracts to MGC and to approve payment authorizations, officials said.
“Giulietti generated hundreds of thousands of dollars in profit by having MGC charge USPS more than MGC had to pay the contractors who performed the actual work,” the news release said.
Authorities said Giulietti issued roughly $250,000 in checks payable to the nominee owner of MGC, all of which were proceeds from this scheme. He then pocketed the cash by depositing it into his bank accounts.
Giulietti was released on a $200,000 bond following an apperance in Bridgeport federal court. He faces 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office said the investigation is ongoing. The matter is being investigated by the U.S. Postal Service, Office of Inspector General, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Eric Glover and Jonathan Francis.