Two Former Virginia Department Of Transportation Officials Plead Guilty To $10M Bribery Scheme

U.S. Attorney Dana J. Boente announced Thursday two former Virginia Department of Transportation officials and three private contractors pleaded guilty to participating in a bribery scheme involving snow removal contracts.

PrisonFifty-five-year-old Anthony Willie of Culpepper and 45-year-old Kenneth Duane Adams of Fairfax, both VDOT supervisors at the Burke Area Headquarters, accepted cash bribes in exchange for a variety of favorable official acts, such as awarding snow removal work to several trucking companies, according to court documents.

Adams and Willie negotiated bribes with companies seeking work from VDOT. Owners, 46-year-old Rolando Pineda Moran of Alexandria, 31-year-old Shaheen Sariri of Fairfax and 51-year-old John Williamson of Springfield, agreed to pay Adams and Willie a percentage of their hourly contracts as bribes.

Adams and Willie signed off on their VDOT invoices. They received about $440,000 in cash bribes for the 2012-2013 snow season and continuing through the 2016-2017 snow season.

Adams conspired with 50-year-old Elmer Mejia of Aldie, where he would subcontract snow removal work out to Adams’ company, Supreme Landscaping. Adams received about $160,000 from Mejia from 2011 through 2016.

A search warrant was conducted in November 2015, at which time police recovered about 129 grams of cocaine from Adams’ home.

Willie’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for February 16, 2018. He is facing a maximum 60-year prison sentence. Adams who will be sentenced on February 9, 2018 is facing a maximum 100-year prison term.

Moran, Mejia and William are facing 20-year prison sentences. They will be sentenced in February 2018.

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