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DOJ Grant Recipients Pleaded Guilty to Bribery Concerning Programs Receiving Federal Funds


On November 12, 2020, two employees of the Bluegrass Training and Therapy Center (BTTC) in Louisville, Kentucky, each pleaded guilty to one count of bribery related to federally funded programs.  Clifford “Jay” Wilkinson and Erica Bowen were previously indicted in the Western District of Kentucky, along with a former Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) Social Services Specialist.  According to the factual statement in support of guilty plea, from in or about August 2013 through in or about July 2015, Wilkinson and Bowen knowingly and corruptly gave payments in the amount of $50,500 to the former DJJ Social Services Specialist, intending to influence and reward her connection with business contracts that DJJ had with the BTTC.  The BTTC was funded in part with DOJ Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention funds.  The investigation is being conducted by the OIG’s Chicago Field Office, Fraud Detection Office, and Cyber Investigations Office, as well as the Kentucky Attorney General and the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet.  

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