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.

You May Also Like

New EPA budget proposals unveiled

The federal government today released a proposed $8.344 billion budget for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for fiscal year 2013. Florida environmental groups applauded the announcement, arguing the money would help ensure that job-creating restoration projects (like some underway in the Everglades) will not come to a halt.