Norfolk plumber convicted of ripping off taxpayers will serve 15 months

Posted at 3:12 PM, Jul 10, 2013

Norfolk, Va. - A Norfolk plumber convicted of ripping off taxpayers in a bribery scheme will serve 15 months in prison.

Earlier this year, Andrew T. Zoby admitted he bribed two city plumbing supervisors to get more work, and more money. He made back the money he spent on bribes by either overcharging Norfolk for city plumbing work, or just submitting fraudulent invoices. He was caught by FBI agents and prosecuted by federal attorneys. 

The judge ruled Norfolk will get back $18,000 in restitution for the fraudulent charges and the amount of money they spent helping the feds investigate.

In court paperwork, Zoby says he wants to stay in the plumbing business after he is released from prison.

But the judge says he will not be allowed to do any contract work for the government. 

Two former city plumbing supervisors have admitted guilt and will be in court for sentencing later this month and next month.


City emails show Norfolk did nothing to stop bribery scheme