Published on: Thursday, March 30, 2023

A Florida assistant U.S. attorney has pleaded guilty to directing contracts from her office to companies in which her spouse had a financial interest (DOJ Press Release available here).

"Kathryn Drey, 55, of Pensacola, Florida, directed contracts from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Florida to companies in which her spouse had a financial interest, including while she served as chief of the office’s Civil Division. Drey concealed her spouse’s financial interest in contracts to conduct title searches in litigation defended by the U.S. Attorney’s Office."

The office entered into 10 more contracts or contract modifications over the next year, which netted the company $45,150 from those contracts, two-thirds of which went to Drey's spouse.

Drey pleaded guilty to one count of acting with a conflict of interest after being indicted on that charge last week. She is scheduled to be sentenced on June 28, 2023.