3rd Schemer Cops To Bid-Rigging After Charges Upheld

Law360 (April 8, 2021, 9:29 PM EDT) -- A Missouri businessman became the third person to plead guilty to participating in a conspiracy to rig bids for surplus computer equipment, after losing his challenge of the government's right to bring criminal antitrust charges.

The U.S. Department of Justice said in a statement on Wednesday that Alan Gaines has pled guilty in Minnesota federal court to a one-count indictment for violating Section 1 of the Sherman Act, the antitrust statute barring unreasonable restraints of trade. Two co-conspirators previously pled guilty to felony charges in connection with the scheme to rig the online government auctions and are cooperating with the government....

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