Guilty plea in HUD case

May 18th, 2011 10:37 am

Reginald B. Hayes, the former director of employee and career development at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, faces up to a year in prison after pleading guilty last week to a misdemeanor conflict of interest offense.

Hayes, 61, of Dumfries, “admitted that he received money from a company that obtained contracts from HUD in return for his assistance — sometimes in his official capacity at HUD — in obtaining those contracts,” according to a news release from the office of Ronald C. Machen Jr., U.S. attorney for the District.

William J. Thorpe, a former physical security specialist at the Department of Homeland Security, also pleaded guilty to misdemeanor conflict of interest last week. The 39-year-old Fredericksburg, Va., resident could get up to a year in prison when he is sentenced in September.

Thorpe used sensitive information he obtained as a DHS employee to help a private company, Total Security Products Corporation, submit the lowest bid for a DHS contract, prosecutors said. The bid was just $1.21 lower than the agency’s target price of $98,129.13.

When the scam was discovered, the second-lowest bidder was awarded the contract.

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