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Longtime Executive At South Coast Military Base Sentenced To Federal Prison In Kickback Scheme

A former civilian executive at Naval Base Ventura County has been sentenced to more than five years in prison, after being convicted of a bribery scheme involving government contracts. For more than two decades, Fernando Barroso Senior was a procurement officer for Naval Base Ventura County. He was a civilian employee, but had the power to approve service contracts, vendor contracts, and materials purchases.

Federal prosecutors say he conspired with a Ventura County businessman to approve false invoices and work orders in exchange for kickbacks.

The 69 year old Oxnard man entered guilty pleas to conspiracy and income tax fraud charges.

In addition to the jail sentence, Barroso has been ordered to pay the government nearly $1.1 million dollars in restitution.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral. 
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