Army Contracting Official Pleads Guilty in Pentagon Bribery Scheme
ALEXANDRIA, VA—James Glenn Warner, 44, of Manassas, Virginia, waived indictment and pleaded guilty to soliciting a $500,000 bribe from executives working for a private company on a contract that Warner managed out of the Pentagon.
According to court documents, in October 2014, Warner made arrangements to meet with two executives of Company A, a Virginia-based company which held a five-year contract with the Department of the Army worth up to $120 million. At the meeting, which took place at a restaurant located in the Pentagon Centre in Arlington, Virginia, Warner instructed the two executives to communicate with him by typing messages into his cell phone, which was passed around the table. Warner then passed a menu to the two executives. Inside the plastic covering for the center section of the menu was a piece of paper which outlined a bribe and extortion solicitation, suggesting that if Company A paid $500,000 it would secure a contract renewal from the Department of the Army and that alleged damaging information about Company A would be destroyed. The Company A executives declined Warner’s solicitation, reported the conduct and began cooperating with law enforcement agents. Acting at the direction of law enforcement, a Company A executive then met with Warner on five subsequent occasions, paying Warner a total of $150,000 cash bribes out of the total $500,000 solicited by Warner. On January 28, 2015, at the last of these meetings, Warner was arrested while in possession of $100,000 in bribe payments.
Warner faces a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison, up to a $1.5 million fine, and mandatory forfeiture of criminal proceeds when he is sentenced on June 19, 2015. The maximum statutory sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes, as the sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the court based on the advisory Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Andrew G. McCabe, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office; Robert E. Craig, Special Agent in Charge, Mid Atlantic Field Office, Defense Criminal Investigative Service; and Frank Robey, Director, Major Procurement Fraud Unit, 701st Military Police Group, U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, made the announcement after the plea was accepted by U.S. District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema.
This case was investigated by the FBI’s Washington Field Office, the Defense Criminal Investigative Service, and the U.S. Army Criminal Investigative Command. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kosta S. Stojilkovic and Mark D. Lytle are prosecuting the case.
Any person who believes they may have information regarding public corruption in the Northern Virginia area is encouraged to call the FBI’s Northern Virginia Public Corruption Hotline at 703-686-6225.
A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.