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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, October 24, 2019

Former Norfolk Sheriff Indicted on Public Corruption Charges

NORFOLK, Va. – A federal grand jury returned an indictment today charging a former Sheriff of the City of Norfolk with defrauding the citizens of Norfolk through a bribery scheme.

According to allegations in the indictment, Robert McCabe, 61, who currently resides in West Palm Beach, Florida, and Gerard Boyle, 64, of Franklin, Tennessee, engaged in an illicit quid pro quo relationship while McCabe was the Sheriff of the City of Norfolk. During most of the time covered in the indictment, Boyle was the Chief Executive Officer of Correct Care Solutions, a company that he founded and which contracted with the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office to provide medical services to the inmates at the Norfolk City Jail. 

According to allegations in the indictment, between about January 2004 and December 2016, Boyle provided McCabe with cash, travel, a loan, entertainment, gift cards, personal gifts and campaign contributions, in exchange for official actions that favored Boyle’s company in connection with the medical services contract, including contract extensions and renewals, as well as inside bidding information.

The indictment also alleges that McCabe engaged in a similar illicit quid pro quo relationship with the unnamed Chief Executive Officer of a Louisiana-based company that provided food services management to the Norfolk City Jail.

McCabe is charged with eleven counts, including conspiracy to commit honest services mail fraud, honest services mail fraud, conspiracy to obtain property under color of official right, obtaining property under color of official right, and conspiracy to commit money laundering.  If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison for each count. Boyle is charged with six counts, including conspiracy to commit honest services mail fraud, honest services mail fraud, conspiracy to obtain property under color of official right, and conspiracy to commit money laundering. If convicted, Boyle faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison for each count. Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after taking into account the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Martin Culbreth, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Norfolk Field Office; and Kelly R. Jackson, Special Agent in Charge, Washington, D.C. Field Office, IRS-Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI), made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Melissa E. O’Boyle, Alan M. Salsbury, and Randy C. Stoker are prosecuting the case.

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Related court documents and information are located on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 2:19-cr-171.

An indictment contains allegations that a defendant has committed a crime. Every defendant is presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.

Topic(s): 
Public Corruption
Contact: 
Joshua Stueve Director of Public Affairs joshua.stueve@usdoj.gov
Updated October 24, 2019