A Virginia couple and an airman stationed in Anchorage, Alaska have been indicted by federal prosecutors in a bribery scheme. The couple paid the Air Force airman hundreds of thousands of dollars in exchange for confidential information that allowed them to win more than eight million dollars worth of military construction contracts in Alaska, according to a federal indictment that prosecutors released on Tuesday.
The three people have been indicted on conspiracy, bribery, and money-laundering charges according to the indictment.
Ryan Dalbec, 42, and Raihana Nadem (also known as Dalbec), 27, owned the North Dakota-based Best Choice Construction, a federal government contractor that provided construction and other services. Through Best Choice, the Dalbecs bid on and were awarded multiple U.S. military construction contracts throughout Alaska.
Brian Nash, 30, an enlisted E-4 Senior Airman Contract Specialist assigned to the 673rd Contract Squadron at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER) in Anchorage, provided the information to the couple. His position as a Contract Specialist allowed him access to confidential information about competitive bids and government cost estimates for military contracts, according to the indictment.