Two more purchasers for former contractor Fluor Hanford have reached settlements for allegedly accepting kickbacks.
That brings the known number of settlements with the U.S. Attorney's Office for Eastern Washington to seven, all for allegedly accepting gifts from Fast Pipe and Supply.
Most recently Michael Stone agreed to pay $13,360 and Rocky Simmons will pay $11,000. Stone does not admit the allegations and Simmons denies them but both accepted the settlement.
Stone and Simmons were employed by Fluor Hanford as material coordinators from January 1989 to October 2008, when its contract expired.
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Stone is accused of accepting two tickets to a Seattle Mariners game worth $30 in May 2006 from Shane Fast, owner of Fast Pipe and Supply and a former congressional candidate.
In August of that year, he accepted two tickets to a Seattle Seahawks game worth $80 and that December he accepted a $100 gift card to Outback Steakhouse from Fast, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
The same months he accepted gifts, he bought $1,714 to $3,651 in goods from Fast Pipe and Supply for use at Hanford, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Simmons accepted a $100 gift card to Outback Steakhouse in November 2005 and two sporting event tickets worth about $595 in February 2006 from Fast, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
In November 2005, he bought $12,535 of goods from Fast Pipe and Supply and during February 2006, he purchased $3,777 worth of goods from Fast Pipe, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
The gifts to Stone and Simmons were attempts to obtain or reward favorable treatment for Fast Pipe, and the Department of Energy would not have paid for the goods if it had known about the gifts, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Both received training on Fluor's rules, which prohibit accepting gifts from vendors worth $25 or more, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Fast, who has been criminally indicted for allegedly paying kickbacks to Hanford employees, has called the investigation a "witch hunt."
The sales were properly made and except in rare occasions he would be asked to submit prices for orders and then might or might not be given the order, he said.
-- Annette Cary: 582-1533; firstname.lastname@example.org; more Hanford news at hanfordnews.com