A former United States Postal Service worker was sentenced Friday in federal court to 42 months in prison, along with three years supervised release, for charges related to bribery and fraud, authorities said.
Robert Giulietti, 57, pleaded guilty to a count of bribery of a public official, a count of wire fraud and a count of filing a false tax return in February, according to the office of the U.S. Attorney for Connecticut.
“The prosecution of corrupt public employees is a top priority of this office,” said U.S. Attorney for Connecticut Deirdre M. Daly in a statement. “This defendant not only accepted bribes and defrauded the U.S. Postal Service of nearly a million dollars, but he cheated on his taxes, as well. It is intolerable criminal conduct.”The office said that through his job as facilities project manager at the postal service’s northeast facilities office in Windsor, Giulietti accepted about $89,000 in bribes from two contractors for directing their way inflated postal service construction contracts.
Also in his duties, the office said, Giulietti set up a company in his wife’s name that would do business with the postal service. He used his position to direct contracts for more than 150 projects to the company and would later hire contractors to do the work at a lower amount than charged. This resulted in a loss of nearly $1 million for the postal service, authorities said.
The office said that Giulietti also falsely filed his tax returns for three years starting in 2008.
Along with his sentence, the office said that he will have to pay more than $880,000 in restitution and $290,000 in back taxes.