STATE — Political insiders are concerned about the extent two crooked contractors plan on cooperating with criminal investigators in exchange for a plea bargain.
Frank Dominguez, Richard Briggs, and the company they own and operate, Imperial Construction Group Inc. pleaded guilty to third-degree crimes related to political corruption in Perth Amboy.
Dominguez and Briggs would each be sentenced to five years of probation and Imperial Construction will be barred from public contracts in New Jersey for five years.
The defendants must pay $58,006 restitution to the City of Perth Amboy and they must cooperate fully in the ongoing prosecution.
Observers are waiting to learn if that cooperation will lead to any local prosecutions. Dominguez, Briggs and Imperial Construction were each generous campaign contributors for Mayor J. Christian Bollwage and other Union County politicians, who rewarded them with millions of dollars worth of public contracts.
In fact, Briggs paid more than a thousand dollars for food at a Bollwage fundraiser held about the same time as his firm overbilled Perth Amboy for an elaborate $58,006 ribbon cutting ceremony at the new Perth Amboy Public Safety-Court-Community Complex on April 19, 2008 (during the campaign just before Vas was defeated on May 12, 2008).
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