Jackson Health employee pleads guilty to pocketing bribes

A longtime Jackson Health System employee pleaded guilty Tuesday to a conspiracy of pocketing thousands of dollars in bribes in exchange for steering construction jobs to a pair of Miami businessmen.

Douglas Denton, 59, a foreman in the engineering department, admitted that he accepted at least $5,000 in cash from the operators of Seico Construction Co. for awarding maintenance and renovation contracts at Jackson North Medical Center between 2010 and 2013.

Last month, Victor Seijas, 45, and Luis Ledesma, 50, who operated Seico Construction Co., pleaded guilty to conspiring to bribe Denton, who had worked for the publicly owned Jackson Health System for 30 years.

The pair admitted that Denton gave them inside information on bids by competitors so they could beat them out for construction work at Jackson North.

Denton and the two businessmen face up to five years in prison each. But because Seijas and Ledesma cooperated in an FBI undercover investigation of Denton last year, they are expected to receive lower sentences than he will.

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