Jail contractor who bribed ex-Norfolk Sheriff Bob McCabe with presents, money for greater than a decade sentenced to three years

A former jail contractor who lavished ex-Norfolk Sheriff Bob McCabe with journeys to resorts and casinos, costly presents, marketing campaign contributions and tens of hundreds in money in change for favorable remedy for his enterprise was sentenced Friday to 3 years in federal jail.

The time period U.S. District Choose Arenda Wright Allen issued to Gerard “Jerry” Boyle was the utmost prosecutors agreed to suggest as a part of a plea deal reached with the Tennessee businessman simply weeks earlier than his trial final 12 months.

Allen additionally ordered Boyle to pay a $35,000 nice. He’d already agreed to forfeit $2.7 million to the federal authorities as a part of the plea deal.

Boyle’s attorneys requested the decide throughout a prolonged listening to in U.S. District Court docket in Norfolk to condemn the 67-year-old to residence confinement. They pointed to his lengthy historical past of fine works, together with beneficiant donations of money and time to charitable organizations. Additionally they stated he had cardiovascular points that put him in danger in jail, particularly throughout the pandemic.

Boyle’s household, associates, former staff, charitable group leaders and different sheriffs submitted 71 letters to the courtroom testifying to his good deeds.

Allen stated she had little doubt Boyle may “fill your complete courthouse” with supporters, and recommended him for the great issues he had finished. However she agreed with U.S. Assistant District Lawyer Melissa O’Boyle that the great acts didn’t take away from the crimes he’d dedicated.

“This scheme was egregious and it was intensive,” O’Boyle advised the decide. “This was not an oopsie. This was not an accident. … He performed the sport and he performed it properly for over a decade.”

Boyle pleaded responsible in October to a single cost of conspiring to commit mail fraud, simply weeks after a jury discovered McCabe responsible of all 11 counts of fraud, conspiracy and cash laundering he confronted. McCabe, who served as Norfolk’s sheriff from 1994-2017, is scheduled to be sentenced Could 20.

Boyle was the proprietor and operator of Right Care Options, a now defunct Nashville-based enterprise that offered medical care to inmates at jails and prisons throughout the nation. Boyle labored carefully with McCabe whereas employed by one other firm that offered the identical providers earlier than beginning his personal enterprise in 2003. The Norfolk jail was one of many first contracts Boyle received after going out on his personal.

Throughout their lengthy enterprise relationship, Boyle incessantly gave the sheriff giant money loans that had been by no means repaid. He additionally paid for journeys to resorts and casinos, and gave McCabe dear presents and premium tickets to sporting occasions, concert events and different leisure.

Boyle advised the decide it took him a very long time to simply accept that every one the issues he gave amounted to bribery.

“The connection I had with Sheriff McCabe was extraordinarily difficult,” Boyle stated. “The issues I did for him … I noticed it as being a part of a friendship.”

However as he heard extra in regards to the proof within the case, and thought extra about it, he stated he got here to comprehend that what he had finished was prison, he stated.

“I overstepped the boundaries,” he stated. “I went right into a grey space, and I did one thing incorrect.”

One other jail vendor accused of giving McCabe bribes for years ― John Appleton of ABL Administration in Louisiana — was granted immunity from prosecution in change for testimony in opposition to McCabe. Appleton’s firm had a meals contract with the Norfolk jail all through McCabe’s tenure.

Appleton testified at McCabe’s trial that he gave the sheriff journeys, presents, marketing campaign contributions and free catering at quite a few occasions, a lot of which McCabe solicited from him in change for favorable remedy and reassurance that he’d be capable to maintain his contracts with the jail.

Jane Harper, 757-222-5097, [email protected]