Sealift Command manager sentenced for taking bribes

Photo courtesy Military Sealift Command

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — The former Afloat Programs manager at the U. S. Navy Military Sealift Command (MSC) was sentenced Tuesday to eight years in prison for taking bribes.

United States Chief Judge Rebecca Beach Smith of the Eastern District of Virginia sentenced 54-year-old Kenny E. Toy for one count of bribery, which he pleaded guilty to in February.

Toy’s plea agreement stated he used his position at MSC, the leading provider of transportation for the U.S. Navy, to secure hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash bribes, according to Deanna Warren with the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. In exchange, he gave MSC business to two local government contracting businesses.

The five-year conspiracy began in 2004 and involved multiple co-conspirators. Toy and Scott B. Miserendino Sr., a former government contractor who performed work for MSC, were the recipients of the conspiracy. The following were those giving the bribes: Dwayne A. Hardman, Roderic J. Smith, Michael P. McPhail, Adam C. White, and Timothy S. Miller.

Toy also admitted to a scheme orchestrated to hide the bribery conspiracy — he said he caused more than $80,000 to be paid to Hardman to keep him from reporting their illegal activities.

Earlier this year, Hardman, McPhail, White and Smith pleaded guilty to their parts in the extensive conspiracy. Miserendino and Miller are both set to stand trial in September for their charges related to the scheme.

On Tuesday, Toy was also ordered to serve a supervised release term of three years following his prison sentence, and ordered to forfeit $100,000.

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