Two former Fluor Hanford purchasers have reached agreements with the Department of Justice for allegedly receiving kickbacks.
Denice Johns agreed to a judgment being entered against her in the amount of $48,414 in Eastern Washington District U.S. Court but will not have to pay that much unless she fails to follow an agreed payment schedule.
She has agreed to pay $10,440 plus simple annual interest of 2 percent per year in 71 monthly payments of $153.56. If she misses a payment, the federal government may require her to pay the full $48,414.
Amy Hay has agreed to $12,375.
Neither Johns nor Hay admits the allegations of the Department of Justice.
Johns was a purchaser for former Hanford nuclear reservation contractor Fluor Hanford from about June 2000 to June 2008. Between October 2005 and September 2007 she purchased $70,167 worth of goods for use at Hanford from Fast Pipe and Supply Co., with the Department of Energy covering the cost.
In November 2005, Shane Fast, the owner of Fast Pipe, gave her a $100 gift card to Walmart, according to the settlement agreement. Between then and October 2007, he also gave her an airline ticket worth $606, three Seattle Mariners Major League Baseball game tickets and a Seattle Seahawks National Football League game ticket, according to the settlement agreement.
Hay worked as a purchaser for Fluor Hanford from January 2002 to October 2008.
From November 2006 to January 2008 Fast gave her an unspecified gift worth $705, two $100 Macy's gift cards, tickets to an unspecified sporting event worth $434, a sporting event parking pass worth $33 and Seattle Seahawks tickets worth $1,004, according to the Department of Justice.
During the months that she received the alleged kickbacks, she made purchases from Fast Pipe totaling from $3,686 in December 2006 to $26,980 in January 2008, according to her settlement agreement.
The Department of Justice said the gifts to Johns and Hay were made to obtain or reward favorable treatment to Fast Pipe, and DOE would not have paid for goods purchased from Fast Pipe had it known about the gifts.
Both purchasers had been trained on Fluor's rules, which prohibited accepting gifts from vendors worth $25 or more, according the U.S. Attorney's Office.
The new settlements bring the known number of settlements with the U.S. Attorney's Office for Eastern Washington to nine for allegedly accepting gifts from Fast Pipe. It's unclear whether any of those reaching settlement agreements continue to work at Hanford for other contractors following the expiration of Fluor Hanford's contract.
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 on rare occasions, he would be asked to submit prices for orders and then might or might not be given the order, he said.