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Retired Norfolk city worker charged with bribery

Thursday - 4/4/2013, 1:18pm  ET

NORFOLK, Va. - A retired Norfolk employee faces charges of accepting bribes from a contractor in exchange for preferential treatment regarding city contracts and work orders.

A federal information filed Tuesday charges Michael D. Brown with one bribery count. An information typically signals that the defendant is negotiating a plea agreement with prosecutors.

Brown is accused of accepting cash payments, goods and services from 2005 through 2011 totaling about $15,000 to $20,000 from the operator of a plumbing business in Norfolk. Brown was the city's plumbing supervisor at the time.

The information identified the contractor only as "Person A."

Media outlets report that A.T. Zoby Mechanical Inc. owner Andrew Zoby was charged in federal court last month with giving nearly $40,000 in bribes to two Norfolk city employees.

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