The grand jury indicted Houston residents Andrew A. Schatte, 54, and Michael D. Surface, 44, for conspiring to bribe and to deprive the citizens of Houston of the honest services of Monique McGilbra
, then-Director of the city's Building Services Department (BSD).
In addition, Schatte and Surface were charged with substantive counts of honest services wire fraud, and Surface was also charged with making false statements to FBI agents investigating their relationship with McGilbra
The indictment charges that Schatte and Surface, operating a company called The Keystone Group Inc.
, offered and gave McGilbra
a series of things of value directly and through her boyfriend to influence her in her official capacity in connection with her administration of two city contracts -- one for the development of the Houston Emergency Center
and another to develop a consolidated fire station and administrative offices for the Houston Fire Department
...From January 2000 until April 2003, McGilbra served as director of the BSD -- the city department responsible for building, leasing, and maintaining city building.
Among the things of value Schatte and Surface provided to McGilbra
were cash, meals, drinks, Houston Texans football tickets, use of a condominium in Northern California, travel expenses for a trip to San Antonio, and a $1,000 gift certificate.
Hardeman provided monthly payments to McGilbra
out of the Keystone payments.
...In May 2003, McGilbra pled guilty to conspiring to accept, in order to be influenced in her official capacity, the things of value from Keystone and other items from another Houston contractor, Gary Thacker.
was sentenced to concurrent sentences of 36 months in Cleveland and 30 months in Houston.
Both Hardeman and McGilbra
have cooperated in the Cleveland and Houston cases.