2 former workers for Bata Shoe face kickback charges

November 30, 1990|By David Michael Ettlin

Two former Bata Shoe Co. purchasing agents, an out-of-state businessman and a container company were charged yesterday with illegally soliciting or paying kickbacks in connection with government contracts.

Accused in documents filed in Baltimore's U.S. District Court were Alvin Grieninger, 58, of Havre de Grace and Zdenek Formanek, 71, of Bel Air, both former employees at the Harford County shoe factory; Kurt Faulhammer, 49, a fabric company owner from New York state; and the Bell Container Corp. of Newark, N.J.

Federal prosecutors alleged that Mr. Grieninger -- who lost his job in Bata layoffs several months ago -- solicited more than $37,000 in kickbacks from suppliers between 1985 and 1989, more than $11,000 of which was paid in connection with government work.

Bata had a multimillion-dollar contract to supply boots to the Defense Department. Mr. Faulhammer's K&R Fabrics and Bell Container, which employed Mr. Formanek as a sales representative, were suppliers to the shoe company, prosecutors said.

Mr. Formanek, who retired from Bata several years ago, was charged along with Bell Container and Mr. Faulhammer with paying kickbacks to Mr. Grieninger.

E. W. Hielke, a Bata vice president, said last night that the company had been aware for several months that an investigation was in progress but had not been informed until yesterday afternoon that any of the company's employees or former employees were implicated in the case.

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