Man admits to role in post-Katrina kickback scheme
NEW ORLEANS- A New Orleans-area businessman has admitted to receiving at least $32,500 in kickbacks related to a debris pickup contract after Hurricane Katrina.
The Times-Picayune reports 51-year-old Anthony Penn pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States as part of a plea deal. He will be sentenced July 10.
Penn was indicted in January with participating in a kickback scheme with another businessman 52-year-old Kenneth Johnson. The government said Johnson paid Penn more than $220,000 in kickbacks after Penn helped Johnson land part of the massive debris-removal subcontracts after the storm.
Johnston, who has said he's innocent, is set for trial July 29.