WASHINGTON — The former company of U.S. Treasurer Catalina Vasquez Villalpando, who is at the center of an FBI influence-peddling probe, received $68.6 million in non-competitive federal contracts under a program for minority businesses, according to government data released Monday.
The company, Communications International Inc., was awarded 56 telecommunications contracts under the program from 1983 to 1992, the Small Business Administration data show. The contracts are for work performed for various government agencies at military bases, veterans' hospitals and other facilities around the country.
The $68.6 million includes seven contracts, worth $8 million, that Communications International received before August, 1985, when Villalpando joined the company.
There was no indication that any of the SBA contracts figure in the current investigation, nor was there any indication that Villalpando had worked on them.