TVA project manager pleads guilty to violation of disclosure agreement

Justice Dept. says he failed to reveal business debts that provided a conflict of interest when he handed out TVA contracts

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – A former TVA executive pleaded guilty today in Federal court in Chattanooga.

The charge is making a false statement in a disclosure form.

The disclosure agreement was meant to reveal any possible conflicts an employee could have with private companies.

60 year old Chris Jenkins was a project manager for TVA who approved contracts.

The court documents claim that Jenkins failed to report debts and income over a four year period and “sought to profit outside the scope of his employment at TVA.”

Prosecutors say that led to an actual conflict of interest that personally benefited him.

The debt involved a company he owned with his wife.

Two years ago, investigators were looking into some contracts he handed out that benefited an Ohio Company.

They felt the contracts were a payback to another co-owner of the company with the debt.

In a statement today, Acting United States Attorney Francis M. Hamilton III said “The defendant betrayed the public’s trust by failing to disclose these debts and other financial activities.”

“He held a senior role at TVA with authority to negotiate with vendors and award contracts. He failed to disclose numerous
conflicts with companies in which he had an ownership interest or owed substantial sums of money.”

Jenkins faces a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison and 3 years of supervised release, and $250,000 in fines when he is sentenced next March.

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