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Monday
Apr072014

Fifth guilty plea in Navy Sealift Command bribe case

The former vice president of a government contracting company in Virginia pleaded guilty Friday to conspiring to bribe public officials.

Adam C. White, 40, worked for a government contractor that supported the U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command (MSC) on telecommunication projects.

White and his business partners bribed two MSC officials in exchange for MSC-related work, the DOJ said.

White regularly withdrew about $1,000 in cash from his personal bank account. He gave the money to his business partners who paid the bribes -- amounting to $3,000 to $4,000 a month.

Four others had already pleaded guilty in the case:

  • Kenny E. Toy, the former afloat programs manager for the MSC N6 Command, Control, Communication and Computer Systems Directorate, pleaded guilty to bribery and admitted receiving more than $100,000 in cash bribes on February 12.
  • Dwayne A. Hardman, one of White's business partners, pleaded guilty to bribery and admitted to providing more than $140,000 in cash bribes to Toy and another MSC official on February 18.
  • Michael P. McPhail pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery and agreed to forfeit $57,000 on February 19.
  • Roderic J. Smith, another of White's business partners, pleaded guilty to conspiracy and agreed to forfeit $175,000 on March 5.

White resigned as vice president of the Chesapeake-based company in December. As a condition of his plea deal, he agreed to forfeit $57,000.

He faces up to five years in prison when he's sentenced on July 11.

The DOJ's April 4, 2014 release is here.

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Julie DiMauro is the executive editor of the FCPA Blog and can be reached here.