Federal prosecutors say 40-year-old Asim Waqar of Canada was sentenced on Wednesday.
Waqar was accused of funneling the $1.8 million from Kaiser to the wife of his college friend over three years starting in 2005, when Waqar was a manager for Kaiser in Oakland. Prosecutors say he encouraged Kaiser to hire the friend's wife, 38-year-old Minda Kuhl, and then arranged for her to be paid without having to do any work.
In exchange, Kuhl and her husband, 44-year-old Farid Rahman, returned hundreds of thousands of dollars as kickbacks to Waqar.
Waqar pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and tax evasion. Kuhl and Rahman have also pleaded guilty and been sentenced. All three defendants have been ordered to pay restitution.