Former Chesapeake subcontractor admits guilt in bribery case

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A West Virginia man pleaded guilty to paying a bribe to public officials in Norfolk Federal Court Tuesday.

Dwayne Allen Hardman plea was accepted by United States Magistrate Judge Douglas E. Miller, according to Deanna Warren with the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.

The plea agreement stated “in November 2004, Hardman and another business man established a government contracting corporation in Chesapeake to provide support to the Military Sealift Command (MSC) on various telecommunications projects,” Warren said.

According to court documents, from March 2005 until 2007, Hardman, his business partner and others paid monthly cash bribes of $3,000 to two MSC officials who, in exchange, steered government contracts to Hardman’s corporation. Then, in 2009, Hardman left his former business and formed another in Chesapeake with another businessman and again made a bribe agreement with he same two MSC officials. This time the bribes equaled about $50,000.

Last Wednesday, one of the MSC officials, Kenny Toy, pleaded guilty to accepting the bribes. The same day, 44-year-old Hardman, a Charleston, W.V. man, was charged by criminal information.

Hardman faces a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison when he is sentenced on June 6.

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