Former NM prison official sentenced for bribery

March 21, 2012 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former Corrections Department official has been sentenced to more than five years in prison for accepting $237,000 in bribes in exchange for selecting a contractor for roofing projects.

U.S. Attorney Kenneth Gonzales [auth] announced that Laurie Chapman was sentenced Tuesday to 70 months imprisonment. She must also serve two years of supervised release.

She pleaded guilty last summer to a 30-count indictment of soliciting and accepting bribes from Santa Fe-based Omni Development Corp.

Chapman was the department’s facilities manager from 1999 through May 2010, and was responsible for selecting companies to do maintenance and construction work on prison system buildings.

Prosecutors say Chapman accepted bribes from 2007 through August 2009 in exchange for awarding $4 million in roofing contracts to Omni.

Chapman was facing up to 10 years in prison for each of the 30 offenses.

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