Maine men sentenced in Army bribery scheme

Posted Jan. 16, 2010, at 6:37 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A defense contractor who bribed officials at the Army’s Space and Missile Defense Command for contracts that were funneled to Maine was sentenced to eight years in prison on Friday.

Maurice “Moe” Subilia Jr., former president of Fiber Materials Inc. in Biddeford, pleaded guilty to paying $1.2 million to the director and deputy director of Joint Center for Technology Integration at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Ala., in exchange for contracts awarded to businesses in which he had a stake.

His brother, Robert Subilia of Wells, and son-in-law Paul Hurlburt of Kennebunk, made lesser bribes. They were sentenced to two years and three years in prison, respectively.

“These are deeply disturbing offenses — reprehensible,” said U.S. District Judge D. Brock Hornby, who told the three military veterans that they’d betrayed their country.

Maurice Subilia, 65, of Kennebunkport, sought leniency because he cooperated with prosecutors and gave up virtually everything he owns to the government. He also suffers from health problems. His sentencing was delayed so he could undergo coronary bypass surgery three months ago. He’s still recovering.

The other accused mastermind, former Army official Michael L. Cantrell of Huntsville, Ala., was sentenced last month in Alabama to five years in federal prison.

Toby Dilworth, Maurice Subilia’s lawyer, sought a sentence that was no longer than the five-year sentence imposed on Cantrell, followed by two years of house arrest.

Prosecutors say Maurice Subilia and Cantrell hatched the bribery scheme in which the procurement officer and his deputy, Douglas Ennis, received cash payments in exchange for awarding contracts to businesses in Maine for work that brought little or no value to the taxpayers.

In addition to Maurice Subilia’s payments, Robert Subilia and Hurlburt were accused of transferring money to Cantrell and to contractors building Cantrell’s $1.25 million home, according to court documents.

All told, more than $9 million in restitution was ordered by the judge. The case represented the largest bribery scandal at Redstone Arsenal, and Cantrell and Ennis represented the highest-ranking officials from the installation to be charged, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Mike Whisonant.

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