Indictment alleges bribery amid defense contracts

In this image provided by the U.S. Navy the USS Vandegrift is underway Oct. 15, 2012 in the South China Sea. The U.S. Navy warship reached the crippled sailboat hundreds of miles off the Mexican coast and was preparing Sunday April 6, 2014 to complete the rescue of a sick 1-year-old girl. (AP Photo/U.S. Navy, Specialist 3rd Class Paul Kelly)
In this image provided by the U.S. Navy the USS Vandegrift is underway Oct. 15, 2012 in the South China Sea. The U.S. Navy warship reached the crippled sailboat hundreds of miles off the Mexican coast and was preparing Sunday April 6, 2014 to complete the rescue of a sick 1-year-old girl. (AP Photo/U.S. Navy, Specialist 3rd Class Paul Kelly)

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A Military Sealift Command contractor and a local businessman were charged Friday for schemes involving bribery and the obstruction of criminal investigations.

A federal grand jury returned a six-count indictment that charged 55-year-old Scott B. Miserendino, Sr. of Stafford and 57-year-old Timothy S. Miller of Chesapeake, according to Deanna Warren with the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Miserendino is accused of the following: conspiracy to commit bribery, bribery, conspiracy to commit obstruction of criminal investigations and to commit tampering with a witness, and obstruction of criminal investigations. Miller was charged with conspiracy to commit bribery and two counts of bribery of a public official.

Miserendino was a government contractor at Military Sealift Command, the transportation provider for the Department of Defense. According to the indictment, he solicited and took bribes from two defense contractors in exchange for favorable treatment regarding U.S. government contracts.

Miller owned a government contracting business in Chesapeake and, along with a business partner, paid cash bribes to Miserendino and another MSC public official, according to the indictment.

Warren also said Miserendino tried to tamper with a witness: the indictment alleges he caused $85,000 to be paid to Miller’s business partner to keep him from reporting the bribery scheme to authorities.

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