ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA) - A former Virginia Railway Express manager will spend two years in prison for accepting thousands of dollars in bribes to keep a subcontractor.
Department of Justice officials say 49-year-old Kevin Wirth Jannell, of Fredericksburg, Va., was sentenced Friday to 24 months in prison, followed by two years of supervised release. Jannell will also have to forfeit $357,000 and put in 100 hours of community service.
He took more than $350,000 in bribes to ensure that a VRE subcontractor would be retained by VRE.
U.S. Attorney Neil MacBride said in a press release after the sentencing, "Kevin Jannell abused his position by padding his paycheck each month and playing favorites in a contracting process that should be honest and transparent. Today's sentence will go a long way toward rebuilding the public's trust and demonstrating that those who corrupt the contracting process will spend years in prison paying for their crimes."
Jannell pleaded guilty on September 27, 2012 to bribery concerning programs receiving federal funds. As facilities manager for VRE Jannell provided oversight of VRE contracts for those providing landscaping and maintenance for VRE stations and facilities.
In 2003, Jannell accepted payments of up to $4,000 each month in return for giving good evaluations and concealed the money by creating a nominee company. He sent monthly invoices to the subcontractor from that company and billed the company for services that were never done.
Authorities say the forfeiture order shows Jannell received $357,000 from his crime.