TEXAS -- Two Alameda County residents and one Houston native were indicted Tuesday for plotting to bribe public officials to get Air Force contracts, according to the U.S. attorney's office.
Court documents state that between 2007 and 2010, Fremont resident Sohail Amin, 29, and Dublin resident Lida Amin, 40, both private government contractors, conspired with 32-year-old Houston resident Jeron Shelton Rochon, a member of the U.S. Air Force, and others to bribe U.S. Air Force contracting officers so that they could get military procurement contracts.
Between October 2007 and June 2008, in exchange for bribe offers and payments, Rochon issued government contracts and coached Sohail Amin and Lida Amin on how to bid for contracts. Sohail Amin paid bribes to Rochon in cash in both Afghanistan and Dallas but told Rochon not to deposit large amounts of money into the bank to avoid detection, according to court documents.
A federal indictment filed in August alleged that Lida Amin and her brother, Nabil Amin, traveled to Budapest in September 2012 to meet with a U.S. Air Force contract administrator to discuss details of a similar scheme.
The administrator was said to be someone who was formerly stationed in Afghanistan, but was not named until Tuesday, when prosecutors in the Texas indictment identified him as Rochon.
A future court date for Rochon has yet to be set. Sohail Amin is currently in federal custody on another charge.
Lida Amin was arrested on Aug. 28 in Prague by Czech authorities when she traveled to there to meet with Rochon. Plans are underway to attempt to extradite her to the United States. Nabil Amin surrendered to U.S. authorities on Oct. 7 but was not named in the indictment Tuesday.
If convicted, the defendants face a maximum penalty of five years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and three years of supervised release for each count they face.