Former owner of Southington fire suppression business sentenced to 16 months for role in bribery scheme

Former owner of Southington fire suppression business sentenced to 16 months for role in bribery scheme



SOUTHINGTON — The former owner of a Plantsville fire suppression business was sentenced to 16 months in federal prison Friday for bribing an employee of a Stamford construction company to receive millions of dollars in contracts.

Michael Uszakiewicz, 52, of Prospect, will also serve one year of supervised release. He pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud in April, and forfeited more than $1.1. million as part of his plea.

Uszakiewicz, free on $100,000 bond, was ordered to report to prison on Jan. 4.

Uszakiewicz was the owner of K&M Fire Protection Services, 8 West St., Plantsville.

Between 2011 and 2014, Uszakiewicz and other contractors paid between $250,000 and $500,000 in bribes to an employee of a Stamford-area construction company, Building and Land Technology Inc, according to a U.S. Department of Justice statement.

In return, Uszakiewicz and the contractors received millions of dollars in BLT contracts on Stamford construction projects.


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