Shoe agent gets 1 month in prison for kickbacks

May 03, 1991|By Sheridan Lyons

A former purchasing agent for the Bata Shoe Co. was sentenced yesterday in federal court to a month in prison, two months in a community facility and two months in home confinement for soliciting kickbacks on government contracts for military boots.

Alvin Grieninger, 58, of Havre de Grace pleaded guilty Jan. 10 to taking kickbacks totaling $37,652.54 between 1985 and 1989 to influence his choice of subcontractors for materials while he was purchasing agent for the Belcamp contractor.

As part of the sentence, U.S. District Judge Marvin J. Garbis fined Mr. Grieninger $10,000 and ordered him to pay the $3,685.24 remaining of an $11,000 restitution payment to Bata, where he worked from 1955 until 1990. The $11,000 represents payoffs relating to government contracts held by his employer.

Mr. Grieninger was charged with Kurt Faulhammer, the 49-year-old owner of a Massachusetts textile mill, who pleaded guilty with him to paying $8,536 in kickbacks to get a contract to supply material for boots, and received a one-day sentence and 59 days of home detention.

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