PORTLAND, Maine — A defense contractor from Maine has agreed to plead guilty to federal charges arising from a bribery scheme that bilked the U.S. Army out of at least $2.5 million, the Portland Press Herald reported Saturday.
Maurice Subilia, 64, of Kennebunk is scheduled to appear at a Feb. 2 hearing in U.S. District Court, according to the newspaper, which said his agreement to plead guilty was spelled out in a court document.
Subilia’s attorney, Toby Dilworth, declined comment.
Subilia, former president of Fiber Materials Inc. in Biddeford, is accused of orchestrating the conspiracy that involved two officials at the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command in Huntsville, Ala. He faces up to 20 years in prison.
Prosecutors say Subilia and the officials, Michael Cantrell and Douglas Ennis, agreed to split and personally use money earmarked for missile defense contracts. Cantrell and Ennis have pleaded guilty and await sentencing in Alabama.
According to court documents, Subilia in 2000 began paying bribes to Cantrell and Ennis to steer funding to Subilia’s subcontracting companies, primarily Lealagi Inc.
Most of the material delivered by Lealagi was worthless, a fact that Cantrell and Ennis covered up while continuing to funnel earmarked money to Subilia’s sham companies in return for a cut of the gains, according to a summary of the offenses filed by federal prosecutors.
The alleged conspiracy continued until 2007, and the Army estimates its overall losses at between $2.5 million and $7 million.