Philadelphia Man Sentenced for Conspiracy to Commit Bribery
|U.S. Attorney’s Office November 27, 2012|
Bassam Salaheldein, 41, of Philadelphia, was sentenced today to 42 months in prison for conspiracy to commit bribery. Between October 13, 2010 and December 2, 2010, Salaheldein attempted to use bribe payments to convince a Philadelphia Police officer to perform favors, including: obstructing justice in a pending criminal case; expunging Salaheldein’s criminal conviction; and fraudulently obtaining for Salaheldein a license to carry a firearm. Salaheldein also admitted that during that same time period, he attempted to pay bribes to a Philadelphia Parking Authority official in exchange for favors such as fixing a test for one of his drivers (Salaheldein owned a limo service) and allowing him to self-select vehicles for inspection instead of the random process.
In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Court Judge Legrome D. Davis ordered Salaheldein to pay a fine of $3,680, a $100 special assessment, and ordered three years of supervised release.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Philadelphia Police Department, with the cooperation of the Philadelphia Parking Authority. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Joe Khan.