Former Hanford contractor agrees to $11K payment

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KENNEWICK, WASH. (AP) -- An employee of a former Hanford contractor has agreed to pay the federal government $11,000 after being accused of accepting kickbacks.

The Tri-City Herald (http://is.gd/LjTwhJ ) reports Timothy Hendricks is accused by the Department of Justice of accepting gifts from the owner of a former subcontractor, while making purchases from that company for use at the Hanford nuclear reservation.

The purchases were paid for by the Department of Energy (DOE).

Hendricks agreed to the settlement but denies he accepted gifts that were offered to encourage or reward favorable treatment.

The Department of Justice says Hendricks was given a $100 restaurant gift card and purchased more than $10,000 from subcontractor Fast Pipe and Supply that month.

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Information from: Tri-City Herald, http://www.tri-cityherald.com