Former Chesapeake subcontractor pleads guilty to bribery


by 13News Now

Posted on February 18, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 5 at 4:26 PM

UPDATE 3/5:  Roderic J. Smith, 50, pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges of paying bribes to public officials. Smith faces a maximum penalty of five years when he is sentenced on June 23, 2014.

NORFOLK  – A former Chesapeake subcontractor pleaded guilty Tuesday to bribery.

Dwayne Allen Hardman, 44, of Charleston, W.V., was charged last week with paying bribes to public officials. 

Hardman faces a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison.  He will be sentenced on June 6.

The United States Attorney's Office released the following details:   

According to a statement of facts filed with the plea agreement, in November 2004, Hardman and another businessman established a government contracting corporation in Chesapeake to provide support to the Military Sealift Command (MSC) on various telecommunications projects.  Hardman and his business partner agreed to pay cash bribes to two MSC officials in exchange for official action to steer government contracts to Hardman’s corporation. 

From March 2005 and until 2007, Hardman, his business partner and others paid the MSC officials approximately $3,000 each month in cash bribes.  During this time, Hardman and his business partner withdrew approximately $144,000 in cash, which was then provided to the two MSC officials in exchange for their assistance in securing MSC contracting and subcontracting business for Hardman’s company. 
According to court documents, in February 2009, Hardman left his former business and formed another government contracting company in Chesapeake with another businessman.  The two MSC officials again agreed to steer contracting work to Hardman’s new company in exchange for receiving bribes from Hardman and his new business partner.  In May 2009, Hardman and his new business partner paid each of the two MSC officials $25,000 in cash bribes.

On Feb. 12, 2014, one of the MSC officials, Kenny Toy, who was the Afloat Programs Manager for MSC’s N6 Command, Control, Communication, and Computer Systems Directorate, pleaded guilty to accepting bribes in conjunction with this scheme.