Misc. Mondays: Union Leader Jailed for $250K Kickback Scheme

Kenneth Campbell, business agent for Local 825 of the Operating Engineers, who admitted to taking more than $250,000 in kickbacks and spending workers’ money on televisions for himself and a Lincoln Town Car for his father, was sentenced  to 3 years and 10 months in federal prison for his bribery scheme.  About $150,000 of the kickbacks came from payoffs from plumbing, backhoe, structural steel, and window contractors during the construction of the Goldman Sachs office tower – which means he “allowed” those trades to work on the job if they paid him.  The remaining $100,000 of bribe money came from George Coyne whose company was building a golf course in Jersey City; Mr. Coyne pleaded guilty to federal conspiracy charges in December 2008.

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