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Posted at 02:14 PM ET, 03/13/2012

2 D.C. environmental inspectors plead guilty to accepting bribe

Two former D.C. inspectors pleaded guilty Tuesday to soliciting and receiving $20,000 in bribes last year as payment for not reporting environmental violations during renovation work in a Southwest Washington apartment complex.

D.C. Department of the Environment employees Joe Parrish, 52, and Gregory Scott, 60, pleaded guilty in District Court one week after they were charged in a criminal information with one count of solicitation and receipt of bribe by a public official. Filing a criminal information requires the consent of the defendants and typically indicates a plea deal is in the works.

As part of the plea agreement disclosed Tuesday, both men will face between 24 and 30 months in prison and possbile fines of up to $50,000. The charges carried a maximum penalty of 15 years.

Parrish and Scott have also agreed to resign fromtheir positions and to never seek employment with any local or federal government agency.

Documents filed by federal prosecutors alleged Parrish and Scott agreed to “burn” a report that detailed serious asbestos contamination problems in the Southwest apartment complex in exchange for $20,000 from a representative of Channel Square Apartments in the 300 block of P Street SW.

The company representative Parrish and Scott negotiated with was actually working as an informant for the FBI.

The two were arrested last August.

Parrish and Scott are scheduled to be sentenced in District Court on May 12.

By Katherine Driessen  |  02:14 PM ET, 03/13/2012

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