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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
(15 U.S.C. § 1)
(Conspiracy to Restrain Trade) THE GRAND JURY CHARGES:
DESCRIPTION OF THE OFFENSE
1. John J. Johnson is hereby indicted and made a defendant on the charges stated below.
2. Beginning at least as early as 1985 and continuing thereafter until at least May 1990, the exact dates being unknown to the grand jury, the defendant and others entered into and engaged in a combination and conspiracy to suppress and eliminate competition by rigging bids for the award and performance of contracts to supply wholesale grocery products to certain public school districts and other public entities located in southeastern Texas, in unreasonable restraint of interstate trade and commerce in violation of Section 1 of the Sherman Antitrust Act (15 U.S.C. § 1).II
3. As used herein, the term:
DEFENDANT AND CO-CONSPIRATORS
4. During the period covered by this indictment, the defendant was a vice-president and the bid manager for Glazier Foods Company of Houston, Texas, which was engaged in the sale and distribution of wholesale grocery products in various locations in southeastern Texas. The defendant's duties included the preparation and submission of bids on behalf of Glazier Foods Company for the award and performance of contracts to supply wholesale grocery products to certain public school districts and other public entities in southeastern Texas.
5. Various corporations and individuals, not made defendants in this count, participated as co-conspirators in the offense charged and performed acts and made statements in furtherance of it.
6. Whenever in this indictment reference is made to any act, deed, or transaction of any corporation, the allegation means that the corporation engaged in the act, deed, or transaction by or through its officers, directors, employees, agents, or other representatives while they were actively engaged in the management, direction, control, or transaction of its business or affairs.IV
7. During the period covered by this count, certain public school districts and other public entities in south-eastern Texas, at various times, invited wholesale grocery companies, including the defendant's employer and corporate co-conspirators, to submit competitive bids for the award and performance of contracts to supply wholesale grocery products. The successful bidders were awarded contracts to furnish wholesale grocery products to those public school districts and other public entities for a specified period of time. As a result of the charged combination and conspiracy, the defendant's employer and corporate co-conspirators were awarded contracts and furnished wholesale grocery products to various public school districts and other public entities. The wholesale grocery products furnished to the public school districts were used in the preparation of meals for school children. A substantial portion of the funding used by the public school districts to purchase wholesale grocery products was provided by the Food and Nutrition Service, United States Department of Agriculture, through its Child Nutrition programs.
8. The charged combination and conspiracy consisted of a continuing agreement, understanding, and concert of action among the defendant and co-conspirators, the substantial terms of which were:
9. For the purpose of forming and carrying out the charged combination and conspiracy, the defendant and co-con-spirators performed the following acts, among others:
TRADE AND COMMERCE
10. The business activities of the defendant and co-conspirators that are the subject of this count were within the flow of, and substantially affected, interstate trade and commerce.
11. During the period covered by this count, there was a substantial flow of wholesale grocery products into the State of Texas from outside the State of Texas for resale by the defendant's employer and corporate co-conspirators to, among others, public school districts and other public entities.VI
JURISDICTION AND VENUE
12. The combination and conspiracy charged in this count was formed and carried out, in part, within the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division, within the five years preceding the return of this indictment.
ALL IN VIOLATION OF TITLE 15, UNITED STATES CODE, SECTION 1.COUNT TWO
(18 U.S.C. § 1001 - False Statement)
(18 U.S.C. § 2 - Agency) THE GRAND JURY FURTHER CHARGES:
1. Each and every allegation contained in paragraphs 1, 3, and 4 of Count One of this Indictment is realleged with the same force and effect as if fully set forth in this count.
2. On or about August 15, 1989, in the Southern District of Texas, John J. Johnson knowingly and willfully made and caused to be made certain false writings and documents, knowing the same to contain false, fictitious and fraudulent statements and entries as to material facts, in matters within the jurisdiction of the Veterans Administration, an agency of the United States of America.
3. These false, fictitious and fraudulent statements were contained in the Certificate of Independent Price Detemination which was incorporated into, and formed part of, Glazier Food Company's bid on Contract No. V580P-4645, a frozen juice contract, awarded by the Veterans Administration Medical Center #580 in Houston, Texas, on or about September 1, 1989. This bid was submitted and caused to be submitted by the defendant on behalf of Glazier Foods Company. The Certificate of Independent Price Determination stated, in part:
4. In truth and fact, as the defendant knew, on or about August 15, 1989, the prices contained in the bid submitted by Glazier Food Company for Contract No. V580P-4645 had not been arrived at independently and without consultation because the defendant and another offeror and competitor had, for the purpose of restricting competition, consulted, communicated and agreed regarding the prices to be submitted, the intention to submit an offer, and the methods and factors to be used to calculate the prices offered; and he had knowingly disclosed, directly and indirectly, the prices contained in the aforementioned bid prior to the bid opening.
ALL IN VIOLATION OF TITLE 18, UNITED STATES CODE, SECTIONS 1001 and 2.COUNT THREE
(18 U.S.C. § 371)
(Conspiracy to Commit Mail Fraud) THE GRAND JURY FURTHER CHARGES:
1. Each and every allegation contained in paragraphs 1, and 3 through 6 of Count One of this Indictment is realleged with the same force and effect as if fully set forth in this Count.
2. Beginning at least as early as 1985 and continuing until at least as late as May 1990, the exact dates being unknown to the grand jury, in the Southern District of Texas, the defendant and co-conspirators did knowingly and willfully conspire, combine, and agree with each other to commit offenses against the United States, that is, to use and cause to be used the United States mails in furtherance and execution of a scheme and artifice to defraud public school districts in southeastern Texas of money and property by means of false and fraudulent representations, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1341.
3. It was a part and object of the aforesaid conspiracy that the defendant and co-conspirators would and did agree to allocate among the corporate co-conspirators all or parts of contracts to supply wholesale grocery products to public school districts, and to submit collusive, noncompetitive and rigged bids for those contracts.
4. It was further a part and object of the aforesaid conspiracy that the corporate co-conspirators would and did accept contracts to supply wholesale grocery products to public school districts in southeastern Texas awarded on the basis of their collusive, noncompetitive, and rigged bids.
5. It was further a part and object of the aforesaid conspiracy that the defendant and others caused to be placed in a United States post office or an authorized depository for mail, to be delivered by the United States Postal Service, among other things, periodic billing statements from and payments to the corporate co-conspirators for wholesale grocery products they supplied for contracts awarded to them on the basis of their collusive, rigged, and fraudulent bids.
6. It was further a part and object of the conspiracy that the corporate co-conspirators would and did obtain, receive and accept payments for wholesale grocery products supplied pursuant to such contracts.
7. In furtherance of the conspiracy, and in order to accomplish the objects thereof, the defendant and co-conspirators performed the following acts, among others:
ALL IN VIOLATION OF TITLE 18, UNITED STATES CODE, SECTION 371.
Dated this ______ day of ____________________________, l992.
A TRUE BILL: