Fremont Man Gets 21-Month Sentence for Bribery

Jim Barta

James Barta

(AP) — A Nebraska business executive will serve 21 months in federal prison for trying to bribe a public official for a contract with the Los Angeles County hospital system.

Seventy-one-year-old James Barta of Fremont, Neb., was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Chicago. He’ll begin serving his sentence in early January and pay a $125,000 fine.

Barta was president of family-owned Sav-Rx, a national provider of managed care prescription medication.

Prosecutors say that in 2012, then-Chicago Alderman Ambrosio Medrano introduced Barta and a former Sav-Rx employee to a hospital purchasing agent, who really was an undercover FBI agent. The agent agreed to pass $6,500 to a Los Angeles County hospital official who could secure a contract.

Medrano, Barta and the third man, Gustavo Buenrostro of Illinois, were convicted in June.

  • PB

    Sounds like entrapment.

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  • insanity

    Entrapment is when the police or a CI get you to do something you wouldn’t normally do by pressure, force or coercion. It’s not entrapment because he was stupid and engaged an undercover officer in illegal business.

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