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Navy contractor jailed 8 years in bribe case

The co-founder of government contracting companies that did business with the Navy Military Sealift Command was sentenced Friday for bribery and conspiracy.

Dwayne A. Hardman received 96 months in prison and was ordered to forfeit $144,000, the Justice Department said.

Adam C. White, a part owner of one of Hardman’s companies, was sentenced to 24 months in prison.

Hardman pleaded guilty in February to a criminal information charging him with bribery. White pleaded guilty in April.

White was also ordered to forfeit $57,000.

At his plea hearing, Hardman admitted that beginning in March 2005, he and other employees gave about $3,000 in cash bribes each month to two Military Sealift Command officials, Kenny E. Toy and Scott B. Miserendino Sr.

In addition to the cash bribes, Hardman said he and the others gave Toy and Miserendino flat screen televisions, a paid vacation, a personal loan, and installation of hardwood floors in Toy’s house.

Hardman’s companies took in nearly $6 million in contracts from the Navy during the bribery scheme, the DOJ said.

Toy and McPhail pleaded guilty in February to accepting bribes from Hardman, White and others.

A grand jury indicted Miserendino and Miller in May. They’re charged with conspiracy and bribery.

Their trial is set for September 30 this year.

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Richard L. Cassin is the publisher and editor of the FCPA Blog. He can be contacted here.

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

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