According to the Washington Post, Kenneth Duane Adams, 42, and Anthony Willie, 55, pleaded guilty in an Alexandria, Va., federal court this week to a fraud conspiracy, along with the three contractors who paid the bribes.
According to court documents, Willie and Adams negotiated bribe agreements with several owners and operators of trucking and snow removal companies seeking snow removal work from the Burke, Virginia, VDOT headquarters. The unofficial contracts had the company owners kickback a percentage or a flat rate of their hourly contracts as cash payments bribes to Willie and Adams. The two VDOT defendants would then sign off on their VDOT invoices.
Beginning in 2012 until 2017, Willie and Adams accepted approximately $440,000 in cash bribes.
According to the indictment, Adams, supervisor of maintenance, had also been secretly operated as a VDOT subcontractor through a company named Supreme Landscaping, based in Sterling. Some of the bribe cash was redirected to his firm. One of the contractors indicted said he “paid Adams more than $160,000, frequently disguising the payments as pay for snow removal work,” according to a statement from the U.S. attorney’s office.
Willie was charged with honest-services mail and wire fraud. Adams and three Northern Virginia contractors also faced fraud charges. All were charged with conspiracy. Adams also admitted to selling cocaine to other VDOT workers.
Sentencing is scheduled for February when the contractors will face up to 20 years in prison. Willie is facing up to 60 years in prison, and Adams could get 100 years.
The cases were brought after a joint investigation by the FBI, Virginia State Police and Fairfax County police.