SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP/CBS13) — A former Pacific Gas & Electric employee was sentenced Monday to nearly two years in prison for his role in a kickback scheme to secure PG&E contracts for his cousin’s Stockton transportation company, federal prosecutors said.
Ronald S. Schoenfeld, 65, was also ordered to pay nearly $1.5 million in restitution, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a statement. Schoenfeld was convicted of charges including conspiracy to commit wire fraud.READ MORE: Disguised On DoorDash? Several Chain Restaurants Marketing Food Under Different Names
Investigators said Schoenfeld received kickbacks from his cousin, whose transpiration business was paid more than $80 million by PG&E from 2007 to 2015. Schoenfeld concealed his familial relationship as he helped secure the contracts, prosecutors said.READ MORE: Turkey Shatters Window, Breaks Into Fair Oaks Dentist's Office During Patient Appointments
He also provided confidential information to his cousin and “at times, directly intervened in the consideration of contracts between PG&E and his co-conspirator’s business, all contrary to PG&E’s policies,” the statement said.MORE NEWS: Stanislaus County Sheriff Says State Bureaucracy Is Slowing Down Vaccine Distribution
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