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Date: 02-14-2020

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United States of America v. Zaldy N. Sabino

Case Number: 1:19-cr-00109-LO

Judge: Liam O'Grady

Court: United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia (Arlington County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: Edward P. Sullivan and Jack Hanly

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Description: Fairfax, VA - The United States of America charged Zaldy N. Sabino with conspiracy, bribery, honest services wire fraud and making false statements.

State Department Contracting Officer Sentenced to Prison for Bribery and Procurement Fraud Scheme

A contracting officer with the U.S. Department of State was sentenced today to 87 months of imprisonment followed by three years of supervised release after he was convicted of 13 counts of conspiracy, bribery, honest services wire fraud and making false statements.

Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney G. Zachary Terwilliger of the Eastern District of Virginia, Special Agent in Charge Marc Meyer of the U.S. Department of State Office of Inspector General and Assistant Director in Charge Timothy R. Slater of the FBI’s Washington Field Office made the announcement.

Zaldy N. Sabino, 60, of Fort Washington, Maryland, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Liam O’Grady after Sabino’s conviction on Oct. 4, 2019. In addition to his term of imprisonment, Sabino was ordered to pay a $25,000 fine.

According to the evidence at trial, between November 2012 and early 2017, Sabino and the owner of a Turkish construction firm engaged in a bribery and procurement fraud scheme in which Sabino received at least $521,862.93 in cash payments from the Turkish owner while Sabino supervised multi-million dollar construction contracts awarded to the Turkish owner’s business partners and while Sabino made over a half million dollars in structured cash deposits into his personal bank accounts. Sabino concealed his unlawful relationship by, among other things, making false statements on financial disclosure forms and during his background reinvestigation.

The Department of State’s Office of Inspector General, led by Steve A. Linick, and the FBI’s Washington Field Office investigated the case.


18:371 Conspiracy
18:201(b)(2) Bribery (FORFEITURE)
18:1343 and 1346 Honest Services Wire Fraud (FORFEITURE)
18:1001(a)(2) and 2 False Statements

Outcome: PRESENTENCE INVESTIGATION REPORT (Final Presentence Investigation Report) (SEALED - government and defense counsel) as to Zaldy N. Sabino. (Attachments: # 1 Letter PSR correction ltr)(palya, mary) (Entered: 02/14/2020)

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