OIG Investigative Reports, Tampa, FL., December 10, 2010 -A Former Polk County School Board Administrator and Executive Vice President of M.M. Parrish Construction Co. Indicted for Conspiracy to Commit Bribery and Robbery Skip to main contentAbout UsContact UsFAQs Language Assistance Englishespañol中文: 繁體版Việt-ngữ한국어TagalogРусский U.S. Department of Education Search for: Toggle navigation U.S. Department of Education Student Loans Grants Laws Data About ED OFFICES Home Reports & Resources Programs/Initiatives News Office Contacts Investigation Report Department of Justice United States Attorney Robert E. O'Neil Middle District of Florida FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 10, 2010 CONTACT: AMY FILJONES (813) 274-6171 FAX: (813) 274-6300 A FORMER POLK COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD ADMINISTRATOR AND EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OF M.M. PARRISH CONSTRUCTION CO. INDICTED FOR CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT BRIBERY AND BRIBERY Tampa, Florida - United States Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announces the unsealing of a grand jury indictment charging Robert L. Williams, 67, of Winter Haven, Florida; Lloyd Whann, 50, of Newberry, Florida; and M.M. Parrish Construction Co. of Gainesville, Florida with conspiracy to commit bribery and substantive bribery offenses. If convicted, Williams and Whann face a maximum penalty of up to ten (10) years in federal prison as to each bribery count and up to five (5) years on the conspiracy charge. Williams and Whann also face a fine of up to $250,000 on each count of conviction, and . M.M. Parrish Construction Co. may be fined up to $500,000 on each count of conviction. The fine on each count may be increased to twice the gain derived from the crime or twice the loss suffered by the victims of the crime, if either of those amounts is greater than the statutory maximum fine. According to the indictment, the School Board of Polk County administered the activities of the Polk County School District, including public school construction activities, through a Superintendent and a number of assistant superintendents, including Defendant Robert L. Williams, who was the Assistant Superintendent of Facilities and Operations. It is alleged that Williams occupied an influential position in the process of awarding school construction contracts and he corruptly solicited and received things of value from Defendants Whann and M.M. Parrish Construction Co. Those things include home restorations and repairs; hunting, fishing, and vacation trips; and a Beretta shotgun. The indictment also alleges that Defendants Whann and M.M. Parrish corruptly conferred substantial things of value on Williams with the intent to influence the exercise of Williams' decision making authority and to reward Williams for exercising his authority in favor of Parrish. The indictment alleges that M.M. Parrish received more than $100 million worth of construction business from Polk County. Lloyd Whann, the Executive Vice President and a major Parrish shareholder, is alleged to have been directly involved in corruptly providing things of value to Williams. An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed a violation of the federal criminal laws, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty. This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and the U.S. Department of Education Office of Inspector General. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert Monk in conjunction with United States Department of Justice Antitrust Division counsel from the Atlanta Field Office. Printable view Last Modified: 12/14/2010 How Do I Find... Student loans, forgiveness College accreditation No Child Left Behind FERPA FAFSA 1098-E Tax Form 2015 Budget Proposal More > Information About... Transforming Teaching Family and Community Engagement Early Learning K-12 Reforms More > Connect Facebook Twitter YouTube Email RSS Google+ More > MISUSED FOIA OIG Fraud Hotline Our mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access. Student Loans Repaying Loans Defaulted Loans Loan Forgiveness Loan Servicers Grants & Programs Apply for Pell Grants Grants Forecast Open Grant Competitions Find Grant Programs by Eligibility Laws & Guidance No Child Left Behind FERPA Civil Rights Data & Research Education Statistics Postsecondary Education Data State Education Data Nation's Report Card What Works Clearinghouse About Us Contact Us ED Offices Jobs News FAQs Budget, Performance Notices FOIAPrivacySecurityInformation qualityInspector GeneralWhitehouse.govUSA.govBenefits.govRegulations.gov
A Former Polk County School Board Administrator and Executive Vice President of M.M. Parrish Construction Co. Indicted for Conspiracy to Commit Bribery and Robbery. Tampa, FL., December 10, 2010
Published by the Department of Education, Office of Inspector General on 2010-12-10.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report.