Contractor who bribed San Francisco public works director sentenced to 2 years in prison – CBS San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – Federal prosecutors announced Thursday that a contractor who pleaded guilty to bribery against former San Francisco public works director Mohammed Nuru had been sentenced to two years in federal prison.

Federal prosecutors first charged Alan Varela, 60, a year ago with conspiracy to commit honest wire fraud by bribing a city official, and in May of this year Varela pleaded guilty.

In addition to serving 24 months in prison, Valera will also have to pay a fine of $ 127,000 as part of his sentence.

Prosecutors said that while Varela, a resident of Orinda, worked as president of civil engineering and construction company PRoVen Management, he and company vice president William Gilmartin gave gifts to Nuru, including $ 20,000 in meals and a $ 40,000 tractor for Nuru’s personal vacation. house in 2019. In return, Nuru reportedly provided the couple with inside information about a municipal contract that Varela and Gilmartin were seeking to build and operate an asphalt recycling plant.

The plot to bribe Nuru dates back to 2013 and ran until January 2020 – when Nuru was arrested by federal investigators on suspicion of wire fraud, prosecutors said.

Gilmartin, 61, was also charged with conspiracy to commit honest service wire fraud by bribing a city official last year and also pleaded guilty in May this year. Gilmartin has yet to be convicted.

Varela’s sentence is due to begin in January 2022.

Since Nuru’s arrest, federal prosecutors have opened a full-scale investigation into the city’s corruption and so far 11 defendants have been charged, including some senior city officials such as the former director of the bureau. from the mayor of neighborhood services, Sandra Zuniga and the former San Francisco Public Utilities. Commission Director General Harlan Kelly.

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