Two Baltimore trash haulers pleaded guilty this week to bribing landfill workers to dump trash without paying fees at the Quarantine Road facility, part of a wide-ranging scheme that investigators say cost the city $6 million over the course of a decade.
Adam Williams, 52, and Mustafa Sharif, 63, face up to five years in prison on counts of conspiracy and another 10 years on bribery, federal prosecutors said. They have agreed to pay back the $900,000 and $500,000 they owe, respectively.
Williams, who operated his own hauling company from 2007 until this year, admitted to paying a $100 bribe to a landfill employee for each trip he made to the landfill, saving him thousands of dollars in unpaid dumping fees, prosecutors said.
Sometimes the payments happened as Williams left the landfill; other times, he would meet operators at an off-site location and pay a week's worth of bribes or more, prosecutors said.