NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - A former Norfolk city worker charged in a bribery case involving Andrew Zoby pled guilty Friday.
Andrew Zoby, owner of A.T. Zoby Mechanical, Inc., admitted last week to bribing former City of Norfolk plumbing supervisor Michael Brown, who took between $15,000 and $20,000 in bribes in exchange for city business.
Brown would often call the office seeing if anything was left for him, and would go behind closed doors with Zoby at the office, according to former employees.
When WAVY.com spoke with Brown last month, he acted as though he had no information in the case and claimed he got a court-appointed lawyer because "it's always good to get a lawyer."
"I'm glad the investigation is going on.... I know nothing," Brown told WAVY.com March 27.
The questioning of Brown in this case goes back as far back as Oct. 2 of last year.
Friday, Brown cosigned on the statement of facts Zoby admitted to last week.
Brown admitted he showed up at Zoby's business to pick up envelopes with $50 and $100 bills in them between five and ten times during a period of five years.
An item missing from Brown's statement of facts was anything addressing allegations he stole plumbing equipment from the city and sold them to Zoby.
A second city worker was named in Zoby's indictment and charges are yet to be filed against him. He is accused of giving Zoby work for the city in exchange for Zoby doing free plumbing work at his rental properties.
This supervisor would give a list of city work, and Zoby would write fraudulent invoices and get money back for work he didn't do.
When sentenced in July, Brown could face 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
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