CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A principal of a Pennsylvania construction company has admitted he paid bribes to a general contractor's representative to secure contracts for federally subsidized projects in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
New Jersey's U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman says 57-year-old Alex Rabinovich of Richboro, Pa., pleaded guilty Wednesday to his role in a conspiracy to make the payoffs in return for getting "last looks" at other competitors' bids. He faces up to five years in prison when he's sentenced Jan. 8.
Fishman says Rabinovich and his fellow conspirators were accused of making the payoffs between November 2009 and January 2013. This allowed Bristol, Pa.-based Sands Mechanical to successfully underbid other subcontractors.
Seven other defendants have pleaded guilty to various charges stemming from the conspiracy, ranging from arson to collecting kickbacks to aggravated assault.