A former Tulsa Public Works official was sentenced on bribery charges Monday, according to acting United States Attorney Thomas Scott Woodward.
Albert S. Martinez, age 48, the former Field Engineering Manager for the Public Works department, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Terrence Kern to 42 months confinement in federal prison. Martinez was ordered to make restitution to the city in the amount of $341,000. To date, Martinez has forfeited assets in the amount of $217,000.
Martinez pled guilty on Aug. 28, 2009, to charges of Bribery Conspiracy, Mail Fraud Conspiracy and Procurement Fraud. He admitted accepting bribes from a local construction company in return for approving inflated invoices and from several local contractors in return for favorable influence during the approval of city contracts, according to a press release.
Martinez is the third defendant to be sentenced to federal prison in this case. The public corruption scandal involving the department was revealed to the public on Jan. 22, 2009, when the federal indictments were unsealed. At that time, it was announced that two former managers at the Public Works Department and four area businessmen were charged by a Grand Jury for their participation in bribery and fraud schemes involving millions of dollars intended for city streets, bridges and other public works projects in the city.
Since that announcement all six defendants that were charged have pled guilty and three have been sentenced to federal prison. The remaining defendants are scheduled to be sentenced over the next several months