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Sixth guilty plea in U.S. Navy Military Sealift Command bribe case

Scott B. Miserendino, Sr., a former contractor for the United States Navy Military Sealift Command, pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiracy and taking bribes.

According to a statement of facts filed with the plea agreement, Miserendino was a government contractor at the Military Sealift Command, the leading provider of transportation for the U.S. Navy.   

In that position, Miserendino worked closely with Kenny E. Toy, the former Afloat Programs Manager for the N6 Command, Control, Communication, and Computer Systems Directorate.

In 2004, Miserendino and Toy started a bribery scheme that lasted five years, involved multiple co-conspirators, including two companies, and resulted in Miserendino and Toy taking more than $265,000 in cash bribes, among other things, in exchange for official assistance.  

At his plea hearing, Miserendino admitted that he asked for and took bribes from two Chesapeake, Virginia contracting companies.

Miserendino admitted that he accepted $3,000 in cash bribes per month from Dwayne A. Hardman, Roderic J. Smith, Michael P. McPhail, and Adam C. White.

He also admitted that he and Toy took $50,000 in 2009 from Hardman and Timothy S. Miller.  

In addition to the more than $265,000 cash, Miserendino said he and Toy took flat screen televisions, laptop computers, and a vacation rental in Nags Head, North Carolina.

One of the companies involved won about $3 million in business from the Military Sealift Command, and the other company was awarded $2.5 million in business.

Miserendino is scheduled to be sentenced on November 7, 2014.   

Earlier this year, five of the other individuals mentioned above pleaded guilty in connection with the bribery scheme.  

The remaining defendant is Timothy S. Miller, a businessman who sought contracting business from the Military Sealift Command. He charged with one count of conspiracy to commit bribery and two counts of bribery. His trial is set to start September 30, 2014.

The DOJ’s August 12, 2014 release is here.


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

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