NORFOLK, Va. — Former Sheriff Bob McCabe testified that he took a $6,000 cash loan from one of the jail’s contractors while on the stand during cross-examination in his trial for federal bribery on Thursday.
McCabe said he accepted the money in 2011 while on a trip to Pennsylvania. He says to this day that he still hasn’t repaid Jerry Boyle for the loan, but considered it a personal loan between friends.
Boyle is the former head of Correct Care Solutions, the prison’s medical services provider. Boyle was charged and faces his own trial later this year.
McCabe admitted he never disclosed the loan on any campaign finance documents and said he had made a series of mistakes on those forms over the years.
“I just didn’t pay attention to it and I feel bad about it,” he said.
During cross-examination, prosecutors tried to demonstrate that there was a pattern whereby a contract would be made at the prison, a company would get the contract, and then McCabe would ask for campaign contributions or receive gifts.
McCabe said he accepted gifts from contractors because they were his friends and said he was not acting in his official role as sheriff.
“I’ve never tied a gift to a contract,” he said.
McCabe also said he received about $3,000 from Boyle to use at games in Arizona, which he also considered a personal loan.
The US attorney went through McCabe’s finances line by line and showed an example where he deposited $2,500 from his campaign account into his personal account. McCabe then made a series of cash withdrawals while on a gambling trip.
“That doesn’t look good,” he replied when asked about it.
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He also testified that he had a sheriff’s deputy drive him in a limo and run personal errands for him, including picking up his son from school.
“I can’t defend these things,” he said.