Former D.C. Government Employee Pleads Guilty To Accepting Bribes in Scheme Involving Permits
WASHINGTON – Lucretia R. Barksdale, a former employee of the District of Columbia Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA), pled guilty today to a federal bribery charge stemming from a scheme in which she accepted cash in return for facilitating the issuance of construction permits, announced U.S. Attorney Channing D. Phillips, Paul M. Abbate, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, and Daniel W. Lucas, Inspector General for the District of Columbia.
Barksdale, 51, of Oxon Hill, Md., pled guilty in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to a charge of receipt of a bribe by a public official. The charge carries a statutory maximum of 15 years in prison and potential financial penalties. Under federal sentencing guidelines, Barksdale faces a likely range of 12 to 18 months in prison and possible financial penalties. She is to be sentenced July 13, 2016 by the Honorable Amit P. Mehta.
According to the government’s evidence, Barksdale worked from July 2001 until June 2012 as a contact representative in DCRA’s Business License Department. She was responsible for reviewing and processing applications for various permits. In two meetings at her workstation in April and May of 2012, Barksdale accepted a total of $900 in cash from a person who was actually participating in an undercover FBI investigation. In exchange for this money, she issued two air conditioning permits and one electrical permit. In processing these permits, she did not require the person to take a number and wait in line at DCRA, which is the practice for all customers. She also falsified the requirement calling for the signature of a certified licensed tradesman who would oversee the construction. Instead, she inserted the name of a master licensed tradesman who she knew was not involved in the construction work.
In announcing the plea, U.S. Attorney Phillips, Assistant Director in Charge Abbate, and Inspector General Lucas commended the work of those who investigated the case from the FBI’s Washington Field Office and the District of Columbia Office of the Inspector General. They also expressed appreciation for the efforts of those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Paralegal Specialist Kristy Penny and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Lionel André and Michelle N. Bradford, who are prosecuting the case.