FORT DRUM — A Dexter woman who worked as a civilian contracting officer for the U.S. Army at Fort Drum pleaded guilty Tuesday to a federal charge that she accepted gratuities from her contractor boyfriend in exchange for taking official action on government contracts that benefited him.
Cindy McAleese, 57, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court, Syracuse, to conspiracy to commit an offense against the United States.
According to a plea agreement filed with the court, McAleese sought and received things of value from local general contractor Sean O'Sullivan, including sports tickets, meals, sexual encounters, and time and attention, in exchange for her taking official action on Mr. O'Sullivan's behalf, such as providing Mr. O'Sullivan's company with government contracts and approving payment on those contracts.
She further admitted that she and Mr. O'Sullivan took steps to keep their relationship a secret from other officials at Fort Drum
O'Sullivan, Sackets Harbor, was co-owner of Sierra Delta Contracting LLC along with David M. Rose of Newport News, Virginia. They both pleaded guilty in federal court in March 2022 to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, admitting that they schemed to obtain government construction contracts at Fort Drum that were set aside for businesses owned and operated by disabled veterans.
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