A former Pacific Gas & Electric employee was sentenced Monday to nearly two years in prison for his role in a kickback scheme to secure PG&E contracts for his cousin's business, federal prosecutors said.
Ronald S. Schoenfeld, 65, was also ordered to pay nearly $1.5 million in restitution, the U.S. Attorney's Office said in a statement. Schoenfeld was convicted of charges including conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
Investigators said Schoenfeld received kickbacks from his cousin, whose transpiration business was paid more than $80 million by PG&E from 2007 to 2015. Schoenfeld concealed his familial relationship as he helped secure the contracts, prosecutors said.
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He also provided confidential information to his cousin and “at times, directly intervened in the consideration of contracts between PG&E and his co-conspirator’s business, all contrary to PG&E’s policies,” the statement said.