Three employees at the Palo Alto VA have been charged with taking $80-thousand dollars in bribes in exchange for steering work to local contractors.

Palo Alto Online reports that three VA employees allegedly accepted cash, plane tickets and other gifts from Jack Stringer, the owner of Aero Drywall Construction. In exchange, the VA workers reportedly awarded Stringer’s son a $1 million dollar construction contract, and sent other work to companies that would sub-contract with the drywall company.

U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag said theĀ  bribery charges carry potential penalties of up to 15 years in prison if the defendants are convicted.

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Kelly Wilkinson

Kelly Wilkinson is a radio journalist living in San Francisco. You can hear her reporting frequently on KQED FM and The California Report. In addition to covering California and Bay Area news, Kelly writes the (mostly) crafty blog Make Grow Gather. There she chronicles her love of making things like lemon curd from foraged fruit, spray-painted lampshades and cut felt placemats. The projects she creates are regularly picked up by national websites and magazines. Kelly grew up in a renovated barn in Virginia and is constantly trying to bring a little bit of her rural upbringing to her now-urban life. By day, she catches the N-Judah out the front door. By weekend, she tends bees and grows vegetables in the backyard.

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