Another former purchaser for Fluor Hanford has reached a settlement agreement over allegations of accepting kickbacks.
Patricia Sparks agreed to pay the federal government $5,500. She is the third former Fluor Hanford purchaser to agree to payments to resolve civil liability, according to documents from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Washington.
Sparks accepted tickets from Shane Fast, owner of Fast Pipe and Supply in Pasco, to a Seattle Mariners game, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. She also accepted a $100 gift card to Outback Steakhouse in December 2006 from Fast, it said.
The gifts were kickbacks for obtaining or rewarding favorable treatment from a Fluor Hanford employee, the U.S. Attorney's Office alleged.
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Sparks did not admit to the allegations.
During December 2006, she made purchases from Fast Pipe totaling $529. In May 2006, she made purchases totaling $1,720 and in May 2007 she made purchases totaling $7,525. The purchases were made on her Hanford purchase card, with the Department of Energy paying for them.