Basil Small, who resigned two months ago as procurement chief for D.C. General Hospital, has been charged in sealed federal court documents with accepting a $2,500 bribe in return for promising to award an unnamed firm a trash-hauling contract, sources close to the investigation said yesterday.

The charges were in a criminal information filed last week in U.S. District Court. Small could not be reached for comment yesterday.

The case apparently grew out of a federal investigation of a second trash contractor, Edmond Johnson, owner of Kenilworth Trash Co. Inc. Johnson pleaded guilty in December in federal court to bribing Carlton Ford, a maintenance supervisor with the D.C. Department of Public Works, in exchange for motor oil from the agency's warehouse. Johnson was sentenced Friday to three years in prison and fined $50,000.

Ford was sentenced last month to 200 hours of community service, $3,000 restitution and three years probation for accepting a bribe.

Kenilworth Trash currently holds the trash-hauling contract for D.C. General, but hospital officials said last week they have notified the firm that they intend to cancel the contract because the trash has not been picked up.

Small, who was paid $31,969 a year as chief of the procurement branch, was in charge of purchasing supplies and services.