Former Chesapeake, Virginia Subcontractor Sentenced for Conspiracy to Commit Bribery
WASHINGTON– Roderic J. Smith, 50, the co-founder and former president of a government contracting company, was sentenced yesterday to 48 months in prison, followed by 1 year of supervised release, for conspiracy to bribe public officials. Smith was ordered to forfeit $175,000.
Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, United States Attorney Dana J. Boente, for the Eastern District of Virginia, Special Agent in Charge Robert Craig of the Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS) Mid-Atlantic Field Office, Acting Executive Assistant Director Charles T. May, Jr., of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) Atlantic Operations Royce E. Curtin and Special Agent in Charge Royce E. Curtin of the FBI’s Norfolk Field Office made the announcement today after sentencing by Senior United States District Judge Henry Coke Morgan, Jr. of the Eastern District of Virginia.
As part of his guilty plea, Smith also admitted to engaging in a scheme to conceal his criminal activity that involved Smith and others paying a co-conspirator money. According to the plea agreement, Smith admitted to paying more than $85,000 to his business partner, Dwayne A. Hardman, in an attempt to prevent Hardman from reporting the bribery scheme to law enforcement authorities.
Earlier this year, four other individuals pleaded guilty in connection with the bribery scheme. On Feb. 12, 2014, Kenny Toy, the former Afloat Programs Manager for the Military Sealift Command’s N6 Command, Control, Communication, and Computer Systems Directorate, pleaded guilty to accepting bribes from Smith and others. On Feb. 18, 2014, Smith’s business partner, Dwayne A. Hardman, pleaded guilty to bribery. On Feb. 19, 2014, Smith’s associate, Michael P. McPhail, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery. On April 4, 2014, Smith’s associate, Adam C. White, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery.
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