Man pleads guilty to federal bribery charge

Michael Andre Brown, a 47-year-old Waldorf resident, pleaded guilty Monday to a bribery charge in federal court after admitting to accepting cash payments in return for not reporting positive drug screenings for individuals on federal probation, according to a release from the Maryland district of the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

According to his plea agreement, the release says, Brown worked at a company in Camp Springs that provided drug and alcohol treatment and testing services. Through a federal contract, the business was tasked with administering urinalysis tests on behalf of the U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services Office for the District of Maryland. Brown conducted urinalysis tests for the company, and admitted that from at least December 2018 through February 2019, Brown “accepted cash payments in exchange for falsely reporting urinalysis results as negative for controlled substances, when in fact, the results were positive for controlled substances.”

According to the release, on Dec. 26, 2018, an FBI undercover agent “posing as a federal probationer who had been ordered to submit to urine analysis as part of his/her probation” met with Brown at the company’s office. The agent indicated to Brown that they expected to have a positive result, the release says, and Brown told the agent that he was willing to work with them. Brown subsequently took the agent to a bathroom to perform the urinalysis, and the agent submitted a urine sample that would test positive for marijuana. Brown inspected the cup and confirmed it tested positive for drug use, but again said that he would “take care of” the agent, who placed $100 on the bathroom sink. Brown admitted that he took the money. Brown also told the agent the date of their next scheduled analysis, which is supposed to not be known to them until the evening before. Brown let them know of the test two days before it was scheduled.

According to the plea agreement, at the next test the undercover agent provided another urine sample to Brown, who instead told the agent to “go ahead and pour it out, cause if it was dirty the other day, it’s gonna be dirty today.” The agent again expressed appreciation to Brown and asked if he “needed anything.” Brown then said he took the $100 the other day and would continue accepting payment.

Brown also accepted $150 from the agent on Feb. 11 without requiring the agent to submit any samples before Brown falsely reported a negative result that was then reported to to U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services.

Brown faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison for bribery, the release says. U.S. District Court Judge Paula Xinis has scheduled sentencing for Aug. 28 at 10 a.m.

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