A purchaser for former Hanford contractor Fluor Hanford has agreed to pay the federal government $11,000 after being accused of accepting kickbacks.
Timothy Hendricks is accused by the Department of Justice of accepting gifts from Shane Fast, owner of former subcontractor Fast Pipe and Supply, and also making purchases from the Fast Pipe for use at the Hanford nuclear reservation. The purchases were paid for by the Department of Energy.
Hendricks agreed to the settlement but denies he accepted gifts that were offered to encourage or reward favorable treatment for Fast Pipe.
The Department of Justice stated in the settlement agreement that Fast gave Hendricks a $100 gift card to Outback Steakhouse in November 2005 and that he purchased $10,586 worth of material from Fast Pipe that month.
In February 2006, he accepted tickets to a Seattle Mariners baseball game valued at $408 from Fast and made purchases worth $16,519 that month from Fast Pipe, according to the Department of Justice.
Accepting gifts was a violation of Fluor's rules, on which Hendricks had received training, according to the Department of Justice.
If DOE had known about the alleged kickbacks, it would not have paid for the purchases from Fast Pipe, according to the Department of Justice.
As part of the settlement agreement, Hendricks will continue to cooperate with the United States and testify or participate in depositions if requested on any federal civil or criminal Hanford kickback cases.
Fast was indicted in Eastern Washington District U.S. Court for allegedly paying $40,000 in kickbacks to Hanford employees between Nov. 3, 2005, and Oct. 10, 2008. That included gift cards, Seattle Seahawks tickets and an airline ticket, according to court documents.
During the same time, he received more than $3.9 million in orders for goods at Hanford.
The alleged kickbacks inflated the cost of the purchases, the indictment alleged.
The Department of Justice also has filed a civil lawsuit against three purchasers, called material coordinators, for Fluor Hanford.
No lawsuit was filed against Hendricks, according to online records for Eastern Washington District U.S. Court.