Denver A former U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project engineer pleaded guilty Wednesday to soliciting bribes from companies in return for favoritism regarding environmental cleanup and monitoring contracts.
U.S. Atty. Thomas Strickland said Steven Lemons, 47, of Harrisonville, Mo., faces up to 15 years in prison on each of two bribery counts as well as fines up to three times the value of the bribes sought when he is sentenced in U.S. District Court on Jan. 16, 2001.
Lemons was indicted by federal grand juries in Colorado and Missouri.
According to the Colorado indictment, Lemons asked employees of Arcadis Geraghty and Miller Inc., a Denver-based environmental and engineering consulting firm, for $300,000. In exchange, he offered information and technical assistance to help the company obtain a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers contract for long-term monitoring and operations at the Kansas Army Ammunition Plant in Parsons, Kan.
Lemons was the leader of the technical team responsible for the project, Strickland said.
The Missouri case involved Austin, Tex.-based environmental consulting and remediation firm Radian International, which was providing services at the Kansas plant.
Strickland said Lemons told Radian employees he could help the company get additional contracts if the company invested about $300,000 in a company in which Lemons may have had an interest.
Officials of both companies contacted the FBI and cooperated in the investigation, Strickland said in announcing the plea.