Subcontractor Fined for Bribing Former Miami-Dade Aviation Official to Keep Job
March 04, 2002
Marilyn J. Parker, owner of Engineering and Construction Services, Miami, FL, was ordered by a U.S. District Court judge in Miami to repay $145,000 to Miami-Dade County and fined $500 for bribing a Miami International Airport (MIA) official to continue her subcontract. Parker was solicited by Ricardo Mendez, a former assistant director with the Miami-Dade County Aviation Department, to provide computer simulations for a construction project at MIA. Parker then began paying bribes to Mendez and his wife, Mirta. She pleaded guilty on August 3, 2001. The Mendezes are awaiting trial, tentatively set for June 2002. OIG conducted the investigation jointly with the IRS Criminal Investigations Division, State Attorney's Office, and Miami-Dade Police Department.