Two Virginia Department of Transportation officials and four private contractors were arrested on August 31 in connection with a $9.1 million bribery scheme.
Defendants named in the case include:
- Fifty-four-year-old Anthony “Andy” Willie of Culpeper, Virginia
- Forty-one-year-old Kenneth “Kenny” Duane Adams of Fairfax, Virginia
- Fifty-year-old Rolando Alfonso Pineda Moran of Alexandria, Virginia
- Thirty-year-old Shaheen “Shane” Sariri of Fairfax, Virginia
- Fifty-one-year-old John Lee Williamson of Springfield, Virginia
- Fifty-year-old Elmer Antonio Mejia of Aldi, Virginia
Kenneth Adams and Anthony Willie, VDOT supervisors, allegedly utilized their positions to solicit and accept cash bribes in exchange for various official acts, including awarding snow removal work to trucking companies owned by Sariri, Williamson, Moran and Alfonso. In return, the owners agreed to give Adams and Willie a percentage of their hourly contracts in the form of cash. Adams and Willie signed off on their VDOT invoices.
The bribery scheme began in the 2013-2014 snow season and continued at least through the 2015-2016 snow season. Adams and Willie received about $140,000 in cash from the owners, according to the indictment.
Additionally, Adams negotiated an agreement with Mejia, who would subcontract snow removal work out to Adam’s landscaping company, Supreme Landscaping, from 2011 through 2016. Adams received over $160,000 from Mejia during this period.
All defendants face a maximum 20-year prison sentence for each count, if found guilty.