State indicted defendants on conspiracy to rig bids for supplying foodstuffs to state, undermining state’s small business preferences and perjury. After defendants’ motion for suppression of evidence was granted, case was dismissed.
Defendant Monem was employed by state Dept. of Corrections as purchaser of food. Monem accepted bribes from several food wholesalers to purchase food for the prison system. USDOJ sought civil forfeiture of some of defendants’ assets. State brought state RICO, bribery and antitrust claims. Judgment was entered against defendants in the amount of $4,556,103 and property held by corporations they had set up was sold in partial judgment on that claim.