NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - A Norfolk businessman is accused of offering bribes to city employees in exchange for contracts.
Taxpayers are on the hook for the alleged bribes to the tune of $32,000 to $37,000, according to federal court documents. The U.S. Attorney's Office says Andrew Zoby, Jr. handed over thousands of dollars knowing he would get work and his money back in the end between 2006 and 2011.
Zoby is charged with bribing two city workers in exchange for lucrative plumbing contracts with the city.
WAVY News' Andy Fox attempted to speak with someone at Zoby's plumbing business, A.T. Zoby Mechanical on Azalea Road, but the door was closed, locked and no one would answer.
Zoby's company "billed Norfolk for these plumbing services in amounts between $200,000 and $600,000 per year," a criminal court obtained by WAVY.com said.
The two workers are only identified as "Person A" and "Person B." Person A is said to have taken between $15,000 and $20,000 in bribes and was a plumbing supervisor. Person B is said to have taken $17,000 in plumbing services from Zoby.
Zoby would then bill the city for the work done, the documents said. He is accused of submitting fraudulent invoices and was reimbursed with federal funds intended for Norfolk's federal assistance program.
The City of Norfolk would not identify the workers or make any comment on the case.
The case is in federal court because federal taxpayer dollars are involved.
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