Department of the Environment employees sentenced for taking bribes

WASHINGTON (AP) - Two former District Department of the Environment employees have been sentenced in a case involving taking bribes to overlook alleged environmental violations at a construction site in southwest Washington.

Fifty-two-year-old Joe L. Parrish of Windsor Mill, Md. and 60-year-old Gregory A. Scott of Temple Hills, Md. were both sentenced to a year in prison on Monday. They each pleaded guilty in March to one count of solicitation and receipt of a bribe by a public official.

According to prosecutors, in the summer of 2011, Scott and Parrish told construction managers at the southwest Washington site that they found violations in the handling of hazardous asbestos material that could result in fines of up to $300,000. They then agreed to accept $20,000 in bribes to overlook the alleged problems.

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