A D.C. government electrical inspector was indicted yesterday by a federal grand jury on charges that he solicited and accepted three bribes totaling $1,150 in exchange for granting three building permits for a renovation project at 3635 11th St. NW.
The indictment charges Ronald B. Hunt, 32, of 360 Taylor St. NE with soliciting and accepting the bribes from building contractor Liam E. Riley from March 28 to April 8. Hunt is an electrical inspector in the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs.
According to court documents, Riley was approached by Hunt after Riley's renovation project was shut down by another building inspector for lack of proper permits.
The documents state that Hunt said he could obtain the necessary permits and reopen the job site in exchange for money.
The indictment states that the first payment, of $300, was made on March 28, the second payment, $400, was made on April 4 and the third payment, $450, was made on April 8. The two latter payments were made under surveillance by the FBI in a parking lot at South Capitol and M streets SW, according to court documents.
If convicted of all three counts, Hunt could be sentenced to up to 45 years in prison and fined $750,000.