NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - A former Norfolk plumbing supervisor has been charged with bribery in connection with Andrew Zoby's plumbing company.
Zoby is accused of receiving federal funds and bribing two city workers in exchange for his company, A.T. Zoby Mechanical Inc., getting contracts with the City of Norfolk. He is expected to plead guilty in court Friday.
According to court documents obtained by WAVY.com , Michael D. Brown, a retired plumbing supervisor for the City of Norfolk, has been charged with bribery.
The document spells out "Person A" as a Norfolk-based plumbing business owner working under contracts with the city since 2001. It does not identify Zoby by name, but the information about that individual matches that of Zoby.
The document alleges Brown accepted monetary bribes from Person A (Zoby) valued between $15,000 and $20,000 from 2005 to 2011, when Brown retired.
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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