A former Polk County School District administrator has been indicted on bribery charges after authorities say he took gifts and valuables in exchange for awarding construction contracts, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Robert L. Williams, 67, of Winter Haven, was indicted by a grand jury and faces up to 15 years in prison, if convicted, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office press release.

The grand jury found Williams, acting as assistant superintendent of facilities and operations, held an influential position in the process of awarding construction contracts and “he corruptly solicited and received things of value” from two other defendants in the case, Lloyd Whann and a Gainesville construction company, M.M. Parrish Construction Co.

According to federal authorities, Williams received (among other things) home repairs and restorations, vacation trips and a Beretta shotgun from Whann and M.M. Parrish.

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