Citing the need to set an example for government employes, a U.S. District Court judge yesterday sentenced two former General Services Administration employes to jail terms for their roles in the agency's massive bribery scandal.
William H. Jordan, 45, a former GSA store manager in Washington, was sentenced to a three-month jail term and a $1,500 fine while James Taylor, 44, the former acting manager of a Justice Department GSA supply store, received a one-year prison sentence.
Both had pleaded guilty to one charge of conspiring to defraud the federal government for accepting thousands of dollars worth of bribes from a merchant who provided supplies to the GSA, the agency that serves as the government's warehouse and landlord.
During the sentencing, Judge Herbert F. Murray told the two, "The fact that in a society like ours, bribery becomes such a common thing that men like you, respected and useful, could stoop to it apparently without a second thought, is astonishing. And it's got to be stopped.
"The only way to stop it," Murray added, "is to bring home to the people who work for the government that it is not a license to pick the pocket of the citizens of the United States. I don't view these cases as good for probation."