TRENTON – Three employees of an information technology company, including an East Brunswick man, were sentenced today for rigging bids for computer contracts with the Oakland, Lincoln Park and Haledon police departments, Attorney General Paula T. Dow and Criminal Justice Director Stephen J. Taylor announced
According to Taylor, the following three men were sentenced today by Superior Court Judge David H. Ironson in Morris County:
- Peter Meich, 37, of Butler, formerly vice president of operations for Sparctech Solutions, LLC., was sentenced to three years of probation and 364 days in the county jail to be served at the end of the term of probation, with the jail sentence to be vacated by the judge if he completes his probation successfully;
- Joseph Romano, 53, of East Brunswick, former Owner and Sole Proprietor of Jastech Supplies, was sentenced to three years of probation and 180 days in the county jail to be served at the end of the term of probation, with the jail sentence to be vacated by the judge if he completes his probation successfully; and
- Ralph Capozzoli, 37, of Carlstadt, former vice president and procurement specialist for Sparctech Solutions, LLC., was sentenced to two years of probation.
Each man previously pleaded guilty to an accusation charging him with making false representations for a government contract (3rd degree) in connection with false bids submitted on a total of $24,360 worth of contracts awarded to Sparctech Solutions by the Oakland, Lincoln Park and Haledon police departments. Meich and Romano pleaded guilty on Oct. 18, and Capozzoli, on Aug. 2.
The three defendants were required to enter into consent agreements filed with the court barring them for three years from doing business, either personally or through any business entity, with any public agency or government in New Jersey. The three men are responsible, jointly and severally, for paying $24,360 to the Attorney General’s Anti-Trust Revolving Fund for anti-trust enforcement efforts. All three are responsible, jointly and severally, for paying $18,960, and Meich and Romano are responsible for paying an additional $5,400, making the total $24,360.
In pleading guilty, the three men admitted that they fabricated bids, purportedly from competing companies, on public contracts for computer hardware, software and services for the three police departments. In the competing bids, they set prices higher than Sparctech Solutions’ bids in order to ensure that Sparctech was awarded the contracts as the lowest cost bidder. In addition to submitting bids from his own company, Romano admitted to submitting additional false bids on all three contracts in the name of a third company without that company’s knowledge or authorization.
Deputy Attorney General David M. Fritch prosecuted the case for the Division of Criminal Justice Corruption Bureau. The bureau’s deputy chief, Deputy Attorney General Anthony Picione, represented the state at the sentencing. The investigation was conducted by Capt. Joseph Celli, Detective Sgt. 1st Class Garrett Duffy, Detective Sgt. Myles A. Cappiello, Detective Sgt. Mario DiRienzo, Acting Detective Sgt. Peter Layng, Detective Oliver J. Sissman and Detective Brian Murphy of the New Jersey State Police Official Corruption Bureau, working with Deputy Attorney General Fritch and Deputy Attorney General Steven Zweig.
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