NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - A local contractor under investigation for possible bribery still had a pending job with the City of Norfolk Monday. Tuesday, the contractor's office was cleared.
Court documents allege Andrew Zoby with A.T. Zoby Mechanical on Azalea Garden Road bribed two city employees in exchange for his company getting preferential treatment.
According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, the plumbing work added up to between $200,000 and $600,000 for Zoby's company annually. 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.
So far, only Zoby is charged and the city workers involved have not been named.
"Since I have been here, I haven't seen any truth to that what is being said what so ever," A.T. Zoby Mechanical's Service Manager Lacee Adams told WAVY.com Monday.
A 2006 pricing agreement the City of Norfolk and Zoby signed is at the heart of the controversy. It renews each year after city review, and each year, Zoby got a 3 percent Consumer Price Index increase.
He signed a new agreement in 2011.
Document: Zoby's 2011 resigned contract
Zoby has been under investigation since last April, and is still doing work for the City of Norfolk.
At Zoby's office, 10 On Your Side observed a work order for the City Hall building.
"The city work is still going on," Adams said. "I spoke with a city guy who called [Zoby Monday] morning, and he needed an estimate for a job. So the jobs are still going the way they are supposed to be going."
Late Monday afternoon, Norfolk City Spokesperson Lori Crouch said that call for emergency plumbing at City Hall was made because departments did not know Zoby's company should not be called.
"The city initiated the process to deactivate the price agreement with Zoby on Friday. Prior to the completion of that process, there was a plumbing emergency earlier [Monday]," Crouch said. "All city departments have been provided guidance on available plumbing resources in case of future emergencies."
Tuesday morning, WAVY News' Andy Fox confronted a woman coming out of Zoby's shop with boxes. When asked what was in the boxes, she sarcastically answered "fan mail."
The shop was closed and no lights were on, and a sign read "Do not enter this building. No trespassing."
City council members will address the controversy during Tuesday's meeting.
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