Army Corps Employee Sentenced Over Everglades Restoration Bribery Scheme
Still, the Corps' failures are rarely as public -- or as seedy -- as the scheme pulled off by Gregory C. Wagner.
The 59-year-old Miami resident was in charge of buying up farmland for the Corps on the edges of the Everglades and converting the fields back into wetlands.
Instead, Wagner took $11,000 worth of bribes from landowners in 2005 to turn a blind eye as they continued farming protected swampland on the borders of Miami-Dade. Wagner had arranged a $200-per-acre scheme for 149 acres and was also promised a cut of the profits after harvest.
Yesterday, a federal judge sentenced Wagner to one year of house arrest and five years of probation, Alicia Valle, a Department of Justice spokeswoman, tells Riptide.