On April 2, 2009, Durwanda Elizabeth Morgan Heinrich, a dirt, sand, and gravel subcontractor, and Kern Carver Bernard Wilson, a former contract employee of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers were convicted on charges of conspiring to commit bribery. Additionally, Heinrich was found guilty of two counts of offering a bribe to a public official and Wilson was found guilty of one count of demanding and agreeing to accept a bribe as a public official.
These charges were in connection to a $16 million hurricane protection project for the reconstruction of the Lake Cataouatche Levee, located south of New Orleans. The project will improve an eight mile section of the levee system.
The conspiracy allegedly took place from August to October 2006. Wilson and Raul Miranda, a previously charged former contract employee of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, steered dirt, sand, and gravel subcontracts to Heinrich’s company, while Heinrich used part of the proceeds to pay bribes to Wilson and Miranda.