NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - Andrew Zoby, a Norfolk business owner, pleaded guilty Friday to bribing Norfolk city workers in exchange for preferential work orders.
In a statement of facts, Zoby admitted he gave cash payments to Michael Brown, a former City of Norfolk plumbing supervisor.
"The agreement requires Mr. Zoby to testify [for the U.S. Attorney]... he has accepted responsibility for everything in the statement of facts... this is the extent of his involvement," Zoby's attorney James Broccoletti said.
Zoby owns A.T. Zoby Mechanical, Inc., a plumbing company that had contracts with the City of Norfolk since 2001.
Earlier this week, Brown was charged with receiving a bribe. He allegedly received monetary bribes from Zoby valued between $15,000 and $20,000 from 2005 to 2011, when Brown retired. "Zoby did leave envelopes with him/her to give to [Brown] when [Brown] stopped by the office," according to the statement of facts released Friday.
These envelopes contained $100 bills, and Brown came by "five or 10 times during ... the last four years."
Also in the statement of facts, Zoby admitted his company installed a boiler worth thousands of dollars at Brown's home. When WAVY.com spoke with Brown March 27, he denied the work.
"No that's not true.... he put in a boiler that I paid for... $1,200 or $1,300... something like that," Brown said.
The statement of facts that Zoby pleaded guilty to reads, "The boiler installation was value at between $4,000 to $5,000. [Brown] never paid for the boiler installation."
A source confirms that investigators found about $6,000 in unpaid bills at Zoby's business that Brown has failed to pay.
A second official, Person B, who has not been charged, called Zoby who would then provide a handwritten list of city properties and plumbing repairs "to employees and ordered the employees to type up an invoice. The witness did not believe that the work on the list was actually done by Zoby's company, since the majority of the work order requests were processed through the witness and another employee, and neither employee were aware of the work orders on the hand-written list," according to the statement of facts.
Last week, WAVY.com spoke exclusively with Brown when he hired an attorney in light of Zoby's charges.
"I didn't have to get a lawyer," Brown said. "I figured it would be best to. It's always good to get an attorney. I am not an attorney."
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