Two former employees of defense contractors have been accused of soliciting and accepting bribes for information on military subcontracts, a U.S. attorney said.
Charged were Joseph L. Ritchey, 45, of Morgan Hill, Ca., a former deputy program manager for a California-based defense contractor, and Sumner Louis Barton, 68, of San Jose, Ca., a former consultant to AAI of Cockeysville.
Each has been charged with one count of soliciting and accepting $2,000 in kickbacks for inside information about federal subcontracts.
Their alleged acts violate the federal government's Anti-kickback Act enacted to prohibit commercial bribery in contracts involving the federal government.
Each of the charges is a felony and carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine or both.