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Former Virginia Railway Express Employee Charged With Accepting Over $200,000 in Bribes


On September 27, 2012, Kevin Wirth Jannell, of Fredericksburg, Virginia, pled guilty in U.S. District Court, Alexandria, Virginia, to accepting more than $200,000 in bribes to ensure a Virginia Railway Express (VRE) subcontractor would be retained by VRE.  The investigation revealed that from 2003 and continuing through March 2012, Mr. Jannell, a former facilities manager for VRE, agreed to take up to $4,000 each month in return for giving favorable evaluations that would ensure an individual and this person's company would be retained as a subcontractor for VRE.  Mr. Jannell concealed the bribes by creating a fraudulent company and sent monthly invoices to the subcontractor from that company, falsely billing the company for services that were never rendered.

This investigation was conducted jointly with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.