James O. Plumley III, former town manager for the town of Camden, pled guilty Aug. 22 in United States District Court, District of Delaware, of scheming to defraud the state of Delaware out of more than $200,000 over four years.
Specifically, Plumley admitted his guilt to a charge of mail fraud. His partner in the scheme, William P. Mahon of W.P. Mahon Inc., a Wilmington contractor, also entered a guilty plea.
From facts disclosed at the plea hearing, Plumley was employed at Roofing Resources Inc., in 2004 through 2008 and was responsible for assisting the state's Division of Facilities Management select qualified contractors to repair and maintain roofs at state-owned facilities. Plumley used this position to steer roofing contracts to Mahon. In return and at Plumley's direction, Mahon inflated his project bids by a specified amount, which he later deposited into Plumley's checking account as a kickback after the DFM paid him for the job.
Over the course of the scheme, the FBI was able to identify $204,000 in kickbacks Plumley received from Mahon, money Plumley and Mahon agreed to repay to the state under their plea agreements.
This case was made possible through substantial cooperation by the Camden Police Department – including Chief of Police William E. Bryson and Capt, Gary Melvin – who conducted the initial investigation of Plumley and provided the FBI with a strong foundation for its case here.
A spokeswoman said Plumley will be sentenced on Thursday, Dec. 19.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Shawn A. Weede and Jennifer L. Hall.