Former County Employee To Repay Money Taken In Fraud Scheme

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UNION COUNTY – Former Union County Head of Facilities Management Niel Palmieri has agreed to repay half of the $200,000 he swindled from the county, according to a Star-Ledger report.

Palmieri reportedly conspired with a vendor to submit phony vouchers and split the proceeds with that company’s president over a nearly four-year period. He faces between 46-56 months in federal prison when he is sentenced in January.

Berkeley Heights resident Frank Vicendese, owner of the Viva Group, also pleaded guilty to mail fraud, according to the report, and agreed to reimburse the county $100,000. He faces 24-30 months in prison.

County officials said that they were unaware of the charges against Palmieri until they learned of his guilty plea.

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