VA Hospital Employee Sentenced To Prison On Kickbacks Charge

Malarney, charged with bribery of a public official and filing a false federal tax return, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Alvin W. Thompson.

He was accused of rigging construction, maintenance and supply contracts for Escarino Construction and Fischer Supply. Federal prosecutors said Meriden lawyer Sebastian Ciarcia created both companies to obtain business from the Veterans Administration.

Thompson sentenced Ciarcia to two years in prison in July. Ciarcia had been accused of bribing Malarney and aiding and assisting in the preparation of a false tax return.

Prosecutors said Ciarcia paid for Malarney's auto loans, student loans, insurance premiums and trips to St. Maarten and New York. In return, prosecutors said, Malarney steered 27 contracts worth about $300,000 to Ciarcia's companies from 2002 to 2005.

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