Former contracting VP admits to bribery conspiracy

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CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) – The former vice president of a local government contracting company pleaded guilty to conspiring to bribe public officials Friday.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Douglas E. Miller accepted the guilty plea from 40-year-old Adam C. White, who was charged by criminal information on March 28 with one count of conspiracy to bribe public officials, according to Deanna Warren with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.

“According to a statement of facts filed with the plea agreement, White worked for a government contracting company that was created to support the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command (MSC) on various telecommunication projects,” Warren said. “For several years, White and his business partners paid bribes to MSC public officials in exchange for favorable treatment in awarding MSC-related government contract work.”

Before White pleaded guilty, four others pleaded guilty in connection to the same bribery scheme.

  • On Feb. 12, 2014, Kenny E. Toy, the former afloat programs manager for the MSC N6 Command, Control, Communication and Computer Systems Directorate, pleaded guilty to bribery and admitted receiving more than $100,000 in cash bribes.
  • On Feb. 18, 2014, Dwayne A. Hardman, one of White’s business partners, pleaded guilty to bribery and admitted to providing more than $140,000 in cash bribes to Toy and another MSC public official.
  • On Feb. 19, 2014, Michael P. McPhail pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery and agreed to forfeit $57,000.
  • On March 5, 2014, Roderic J. Smith, another of White’s business partners, pleaded guilty to conspiracy and agreed to forfeit $175,000.

White resigned from his positions as vice president of the Chesapeake-based company in December. As a condition of his plea agreement, White has agreed to forfeit $57,000 as the proceeds of the offense.

White faces a maximum penalty of five years when he is sentenced on July 11.

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