April 18, 2018

Southington entrepreneur pleads guilty to bribery charge

The owner of a Southington business that installs fire-protection systems pleaded guilty Wednesday to paying up to $500,000 in bribes for construction contracts in Stamford, federal prosecutors said.

Michael Uszakiewicz, 52, of Prospect, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud while leading K&M Fire Protection in Southington. The offense carries a maximum prison term of 20 years.

Uszakiewicz is free on $100,000 bond and will be sentenced in Hartford's U.S. District Court on July 7, prosecutors said.

According to investigators, from approximately 2011 to 2014 Uszakiewicz and other contractors paid between $250,000 to $500,000 in bribes to an employee of Stamford-based Building and Land Technology (BLT) Inc. in exchange for millions of dollars in construction contracts.

Under the plea, Uszakiewicz agreed to forfeit $1.1 million.

BLT employee Javed Choudhry, of Glastonbury, received the bribes from Uszakiewicz and awarded the Southington business various construction projects in Stamford. Choudhry pleaded guilty in May 2017 to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count of filing a false tax return.

Kevin Dunn, the president of Delmar Electrical Contractors in Watertown, in January also admitted that he bribed Choudhry and pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Both await sentencing.

The FBI and IRS are investigating the cases.

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