D.C. environment workers facing bribery charges

(AP, ABC7) - Two employees of the District Department of the Environment have been arrested and accused of accepting $20,000 in bribes to overlook alleged environmental violations at a southwest Washington construction site.

Gregory Scott, 59, of Windsor Mill, Md., and Joe Parrish, 51, of Temple Hills, Md., were arrested Thursday.

When the contractor found asbestos during renovation and demolition of a 10-story building on P Street Southwest, he contacted the city. According to documents charging the two men, Scott showed up at the construction site in mid-August to conduct an evaluation and told construction managers that he saw violations in the handling of hazardous asbestos material at the site.

Scott and his supervisor Parrish allegedly told the contractor he faced hundreds of fines of between $280,000 and $300,000. Scott and Parrish allegedly said that unless they were paid a bribe, they would submit a report. Prosecutors say they accepted $20,000 in bribes.

Agents raided the job site on P Street. Employees said agents were also at the D.C. Department of the Environment's office on First Street Northeast.

If convicted, the two face up to 15 years in prison.

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