Government contractor sentenced for bribery scheme

Photo courtesy Military Sealift Command
Photo courtesy Military Sealift Command

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – A former employee of a Chesapeake government contracting company was sentenced Tuesday for using part of his salary to bribe public officials at the U.S. Navy Military Sealift Command.

United States Chief District Judge Rebecca Beach Smith sentenced 49-year-old Michael P. McPhail to three years in prison, according to Deanna Warren with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.

In February, McPhail pleaded guilty to criminal information that charged him with conspiracy to commit bribery. The plea documents stated McPhail’s employer sought contracting business from Military Sealift Command (MSC), the leading provider of transportation for the Navy.

McPhail, several coworkers and employees of another local contracting company were involved in an extensive five-year bribery scheme that provided more than $265,000 in cash bribes and gifts to two MSC officials with the expectation of favorable treatment in the awarding of government contracts, Warren said.

At his plea hearing, McPhail admitted to personally contributing $45,000 of his salary toward the conspiracy.

Four other individuals pleaded guilty in connection to the bribery scheme, click here for more info.

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