The small grassy hill and handful of hedges around the United States post office in Waverly aren’t much to look at. But federal prosecutors allege that for branch manager Richard L. Wright III, the grounds were a cash cow.
Authorities filed criminal complaints against Wright, 46, of Essex, and Kimberly Parnell, 43, the manager of the Pikesville post office branch, accusing them of collectively taking tens of thousands of dollars in kickbacks from landscaping and janitorial contractors who had been paid based on bogus invoices.
From 2007 to February 2013, authorities say, a contractor at the Waverly branch had been paid $419,000 for work that had been partially completed or, more often, not done at all. Prosecutors said the tab was more than $32,000 at Parnell’s Pikesville branch.