Army Corps of Engineers chemist indicted on federal bribery charges

January 19, 2000|By Eric Siegel | Eric Siegel,SUN STAFF

A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers chemist was indicted yesterday by a federal grand jury on four counts of bribery for allegedly demanding and accepting money from companies testing soil and water samples from two closed Army facilities that contained hazardous materials.

Charged in the indictment in U.S. District Court in Baltimore is Edward W. Shafik, 53, of Symphony Woods Court in Perry Hall.

The indictment alleges that Shafik, whose duties included reviewing laboratory results provided by contractors, accepted $18,300 from the head of Gaithersburg-based GPL Laboratories in October in exchange for helping the company obtain a testing contract, according to the indictment.

Three other times, Shafik demanded money from GPL and Meridian Science and Technology Inc. of Annapolis, saying he could help them get additional contracts and could guarantee their test reports would be "processed smoothly," the indictment said.

Authorities said the companies contacted the government after they were approached. Both were subcontractors for Roy F. Weston Inc. of West Chester, Pa., which held contracts to remove hazardous waste from the facilities.

Efforts to reach Shafik were unsuccessful.

Sources said the Army facilities were depots in Pennsylvania and Virginia.

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