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Former Virginia Railway Express Employee Sentenced to 24 Months in Prison for Accepting Over $200,000 in Bribes

On January 18, 2013, Kevin Wirth Jannell, former Virginia Railway Express (VRE) employee, was sentenced in U.S. District Court, Alexandria, Virginia, to 24 months of incarceration followed by 2 years of supervised release for accepting more than $200,000 in bribes to ensure a VRE subcontractor would be retained by VRE.

The investigation revealed that from 2003 and continuing through March 2012, 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.  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 FBI.