Florida Businessman Pleads Guilty to Charges in Connection with False Claims and Bribery Related to Florida Interstate Highway Project
On March 29, 2012, Jonathan Aubrey Jenkins pled guilty in the U.S. District Court, Orlando, Florida, to violating one count of wire fraud in connection with the misrepresentation of expense claims to the State of Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and the bribery of a former FDOT employee.
Beginning in 2006, Mr. Jenkins conspired with others to commit mail fraud with the intent to defraud money from the FDOT and the U.S. Department of Transportation through the submission of false, fictitious and fraudulent claims for moving costs and relocation expenses for a proposed federally subsidized interstate highway project in Orlando, Florida. As part of the conspiracy, both Mr. Jenkins and his father (Johnny Dale Jenkins) worked with a former employee of the FDOT Right of Way Office, who used her position to solicit and obtain bribes from the Jenkins' in return for her assistance in allowing the Jenkins' to remain in their business offices which were in an official Right of Way condemned property, while at the same time facilitating the filing of fraudulent claims on behalf of the Jenkins' in excess of $400,000 for the reimbursement of relocation, moving expenses and storage costs.
This investigation was conducted jointly with the Florida Department of Transportation, Office of Inspector General.