Two city contractors have pleaded guilty in an ongoing San Francisco government corruption scandal.
Balmore Hernandez pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to commit fraud, and Florence Kong pleaded guilty to one count of bribery and one count of making false statements for lying to the FBI, according to plea agreements filed in federal court Thursday.
Both contractors committed those acts in connection with former San Francisco Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru, who was arrested by the FBI in January on corruption charges.
Two additional contractors, Alan Varela and William Gilmartin III have also been indicted by the FBI, alleging they also conspired with Hernandez to bribe Nuru.
Hernandez, CEO of contracting company AzulWorks, Inc., allegedly also performed more than $250,000 worth of work, labor and materials to build a vacation home on the then-Public Works director's ranch in Colusa County. The gifts allegedly helped secure a multimillion-dollar contract for Hernandez to operate an asphalt plant, according to the federal charging documents released in June.