Military Sealift Command worker pleads in bribery scheme

Photo courtesy Military Sealift Command
Photo courtesy Military Sealift Command

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – The U.S. Attorney’s Office says a civil employee with the Military Sealift Command entered a guilty plea Wednesday to accepting thousands of dollars in bribes.

Kenny Toy admitted to accepting bribes in exchange for directing sub-contacting work to a certain company. Toy worked as the Float Programs Manager in the N6 Directorate.

According to a statement of facts obtained by WAVY.com, Toy and another unnamed person listed as “SBM” agreed to recommend work to the company, only listed as “Company A.” A portion of the proceeds was used to pay the bribes.

Document: Statement of facts (.pdf)

Beginning in March 2005, Toy and SBM received payments of $3,00o per month, and the payments continued intermittently through early 2007.

The statement of facts says about two years later, a ‘set-aside’ company was established and the bribery scheme was expanded. Toy agreed to redirect Military Sealift Command work from “Company A” to the new company.

Sometime between May 12 and May 14, 2009, Toy and SBM received about $50,000. Toy used most of the bribes he received to buy Postal Money Orders that he then used to pay his outstanding personal bills.

According to the statement of facts, the company dissolved sometime after the May 2009 payments and no further bribes were paid.

About a year later, one of the people who paid the bribes, identified only as DAH, threatened to expose the scheme. Those involved agreed to pay DAH to perform work in exchange for his silence. DAH again threatened to expose the scheme in 2013 unless he was helped financially.

The statement of facts did not say how the scheme was ultimately discovered by law enforcement.

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