WASHINGTON – An FBI employee has been indicted on charges of accepting an illegal gratuity.
Curtis Jones is accused of accepting a Caribbean cruise for him and his family after helping a shredding machine company win a $2 million contract.
The Justice Department says Jones helped negotiate the purchase of shredders for FBI employees to use when destroying classified documents.
Officials say that shortly after the deal went through, Jones accepted an offer to take his family on an all-expenses-paid cruise with company executives over the 2004 New Year's holiday. The Justice Department says the cruise was worth $7,500.
If Jones is convicted, he faces two years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
Jones lives in Annapolis, Maryland.