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Former Military Sealift Command official gets 8 years for bribes

NORFOLK, Va. — A former manager with the Navy's Military Sealift Command was sentenced Tuesday to eight years in federal prison for accepting bribes in exchange for steering government contracts to two Chesapeake companies.

Kenny E. Toy, 54, of Northern Virginia admitted being involved in a five-year bribery scheme, receiving tens of thousands of dollars and gifts from executives at the two companies.

Toy began receiving $3,000 per month in March 2005 from a contractor and in return steered subcontract work to that company. As others were recruited into the scheme, including the second company, Toy received more bribes, including a $50,000 payment in May 2009. He also received flat-screen televisions and a paid vacation to the Outer Banks.

The two Chesapeake companies, Mid-Atlantic Engineering Technical Services and Miller Harden Design, in return received millions of dollars in contract work, prosecutors said. Four executives have since pleaded guilty, and three received prison terms of two years, four years and eight years, respectively. The fourth is awaiting sentencing. Two others charged in the case are awaiting trial.

The bribes totaled about $265,000. Toy was ordered to forfeit $100,000, representing his share.

The Military Sealift Command is based in Washington but has ships and headquarters personnel in Norfolk. The command has 110 ships that provide transportation services for the Navy and other defense units.

Authorities have said all of the telecommunications work performed by the companies was done adequately.

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