Two inspectors with the D.C. government have been arrested in a bribery sting, according to law enforcement sources familiar with the case.
The employees, whose names could not be learned because their cases remained sealed, were arrested Thursday after allegedly being paid a bribe by a representative of a renovation firm that was rehabbing an apartment complex in Southwest Washington, according to the sources.
The representative, who was working with the FBI, allegedly handed the inspectors two cash payments totaling $20,000 in the last week or so, the sources said.
The sources said the meetings were secretly recorded by agents.
The inspectors for the D.C. Department of the Environment allegedly solicited the bribes in connection with asbestos removal work being performed at the property, the sources said.
Andrew C. Ames, an FBI spokesman, did not get back to a reporter Thursday night after being asked about the arrests. However, the sources said the inspectors are scheduled to appear on Friday in U.S. District Court on bribery charges.