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,