USDA Contractor Admits To Giving Gifts To Secure Contracts

WASHINGTON, DC — A Virginia man pleaded guilty in federal court recent to giving gifts to multiple officials at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in order to influence the awarding of more than $19.2 million in contracts to Communications Resource, Inc. (CRI).

Eric Schneider, a former vice-president at CRI, pleaded guilty on Nov. 6, in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, to one count of conspiracy to violate the Procurement Integrity Act and one count of obstruction of justice. CRI’s corporate headquarters are located in Reston, Virginia.

Schneider admitted to giving USDA officials gifts in order to influence the awarding of contracts to CRI and another company he controlled. The gifts included Corvette wheels, concert tickets, PGA tour tickets, meals, alcohol, strip clubs, parking, concierge medical services, prescription drugs, and other cash tips, according to a U.S. Justice Department release.

Schneider also admitted, as part of a conspiracy,

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GHBA celebrates 40 years of giving through Benefit Homes Project

Dozens of companies are helping to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Greater Houston Builders Association’s Benefit Homes Project by stepping up to ensure a Benefit home is built at little cost by donating their materials, labor and services to its construction. HistoryMaker Homes has recruited these companies and has completed its Alder plan in Sierra Vista, a Land Tejas community. Proceeds from the sale of the home will be donated to two local charities — HomeAid Houston and Operation Finally Home. Since the project began, nearly $12 million has been raised.



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Vendors donating include All Points Group, HomePro Technology, All State Brick, A C Construction, DPIS Builder Services, Excell Foundations, Universal Forest Products, Windstorm Group, Mohawk, TWI, Country Wide Roofing, Santollo Construction Clean Up LLC, Deep Blue Comfort, Carrier, Rock Materials, Builders Choice Inc., Royal Bath /Counter Source, Flooring Services of Texas, Advantage Gutters,

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Giving Real Estate Buyer’s An Advantage In Today’s Market

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