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MARAD Employee Fined $4,000 for Accepting Bribe

John A. Harris, a MARAD marine surveyor, was fined $4,000 by a U.S. District Court judge in Jacksonville, FL, for accepting a bribe in exchange for confidential bid information on a DOT contract. In return for NASCAR tickets valued at approximately $1,000, Harris provided confidential information related to repair work on a MARAD vessel to an undercover Federal agent posing as a U.S. Government contractor. Harris pleaded guilty in April. DOT is responsible for repairs on the vessel, with financial assistance provided by the Department of Defense. The OIG investigated this case with the DCIS and the FBI.