NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - For the first time since a plumbing bribery case broke at Norfolk City Hall, a former city plumber spoke exclusively with WAVY.com.
Local contractor Andrew Zoby with A.T. Zoby Mechanical is alleged to have bribed two city supervisors in exchange for his company getting preferential treatment. The bribes are said to have varied between $32,000 and $37,000.
The U.S. Attorney's Office claims Zoby issued bogus invoices covering those costs so Zoby got the money back through a federal program given to Norfolk.
Tuesday it was announced State Police as well as the city are investigating the incident.
Michael Brown, a former plumber for the city who would call Zoby's company for work, retired two years ago.
Brown told WAVY.com he is so concerned about the bribery incident, he hired his own attorney last Saturday. He said he knew nothing about the bribes.
"I'm just glad I am retired... I'm glad [the investigation] is going on," Brown said. "I wasn't in charge, but anybody could call [Zoby] because he had the contract. Anyone could call him."
Brown said Zoby installed a new boiler under his supervision.
The U.S. Attorney alleges Zoby gave free plumbing services then submitted fraudulent invoices to the city. When asked if Zoby submitted the receipts from Brown's orders to the city, Brown said, "I don't think so. I don't know to the best of my ability. I don't know."
A source told WAVY.com Brown has been questioned by investigators on the case, which federal agents have been investigating since last April.
Brown vehemently denied any contact with investigators, the FBI and the U.S. Attorney's Office.
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