A grand jury indicted a former Fort Polk engineer technician on June 14 on 21 counts of receiving illegal gratuity by a public official.
Robert A. Wilson, 51, worked for the Fort Polk Public Works Directorate. That position granted him the ability to determine the overall scope of work and to administer contracts for work on the base.
During his time at the position, he allegedly accepted 21 payments totaling to $25,000 from the year 2007 through 2010.
According to the official indictment, Wilson allegedly accepted the payments and in exchange offered Apeck Construction, Inc. contracts to make the company “the source, supplier or provider of construction material for construction, supply and delivery contracts at Fort Polk.”
The indictment states the arrangement was made between Wilson and a “co-owner” of Apeck Construction, Inc. However, the co-owner was not mentioned by name in the indictment. Wilson is set to make his initial court appearance and arraignment at 10:30 a.m. on July 12 in Lake Charles. His case will be heard by Magistrate Judge Kathleen Kay.
Receiving an illegal gratuity is a felony, and depending on the severity of the situation, those who are found guilty face steep fines and a two year prison term.
The Leesville Daily Leader reached out to Apeck Construction where a public affairs representative declined comment on the matter with an official statement pending.
Fort Polk Public Affairs have also made no comment on the matter at this time.