kickbackHARTFORD: Businessman Javed Choudhry, of Glastonbury, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Alvin W. Thompson to eight months of imprisonment, followed by four months of home confinement and three years of supervised release, for conspiracy and tax offenses related to a kickback scheme.

According to court documents and statements made in court, Choudhry was employed by Building and Land Technology (BLT) construction based in Stamford. Between 2011 and 2014, Choudhry received between $250,000 and $500,000 in cash kickbacks from construction contractors in exchange for steering them millions of dollars in contracts on construction projects in Stamford.

In addition, the government claimed Choudhry failed to report to the Internal Revenue Service most of the income he received through the kickback scheme and is required to pay back taxes of approximately $47,500, plus interest and penalties.

Choudhry pleaded guilty in May to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count of filing a false tax return.