Contact: Jaime M. Yarussi, [email protected]
Washington, DC – On June 27, 2016, Mr. Londra Watson, former Permit Office
Supervisor, DC Water, was sentenced in US District Court to 12 months of
supervised probation and ordered to pay a special assessment in the amount
of $100 after pleading guilty to one count of felony criminal conflict of interest
in March 2016.
A joint Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and DC Office of the Inspector
General (OIG) investigation revealed that between 2007 and February 2012,
applicants seeking permits from DC Water provided checks totaling $141,066 to
Mr. Watson’s private company, Ardnol of DC, LLC (Ardnol). In return, Ardnol
assisted the applicants in preparing design and plumbing plans and permit
applications, and provided DC Water “permit expediting” services. In his official
capacity as DC Water Permit Office Supervisor, Mr. Watson approved applications,
directly or indirectly through his subordinates, and issued DC Water permits to a
number of applicants who were Ardnol clients, all while failing to disclose his
financial interest in Ardnol to DC Water.
Inspector General Daniel W. Lucas commends members of the OIG Investigations
Unit and the FBI for their efforts in conducting this investigation. IG Lucas stated,
“District employees who fail to disclose a financial interest in a company doing
business with the District are in violation of the law. This case is especially
egregious given that not only was the interest undisclosed, but the defendant
financially benefited from it. My Office will continue to do this important work to
ensure that the District’s resources are not at risk for fraud, waste and abuse.