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Man sentenced for taking kickbacks at Los Angeles Air Force Base

March 3, 2010 |  8:42 am

A man who worked at Los Angeles Air Force Base has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for taking more than $70,000 in kickbacks from subcontractors, authorities said Wednesday.

Alejandro Rivera, 39, pleaded guilty in December to eight counts of accepting kickbacks and three counts of mail fraud. Rivera, a civilian, admitted that he asked for and received compensation for awarding four subcontractors lucrative plumbing, construction and painting contracts at the Air Force base hospital.

One of the subcontractors was an FBI source who contacted authorities in 2008 after Rivera solicited bribes.

A federal judge on Tuesday also ordered Rivera, of Los Angeles, to pay more than $38,000 in restitution.

The Air Force base is located in El Segundo, near Los Angeles International Airport.

-- Kate Linthicum