A corrupt ex-MTA executive was jailed for up to three years on Tuesday for receiving $70,000 in kickbacks and a job for his daughter as payment from an agency contractor for inside information to source bids.
Former Metro-North Railroad contract manager James Berlangero, 64, was sentenced to one to three years in prison for “corrupting” the MTA’s tendering process to benefit himself and WRS Environmental Services, the Manhattan district attorney said, Alvin Bragg, in a statement.
Berlangero “misappropriated taxpayers’ money and set in motion a contract process that should have been decided on the basis of free competition,” Bragg said.
WRS was able to win more than $10 million worth of contracts thanks to Berlangero’s inside information, according to prosecutors assisted in their investigation by the MTA Inspector General’s Office.
Kickbacks for Berlangero included $59,000 in cash, a $10,000 sponsorship for his brother’s race car team, and the job for the MTA clerk’s daughter.
Berlangero resigned from the MTA during the investigation and then took a job with another state agency, the New York State Division of Homes and Community Renewal. According to state officials, he was fired two months later for poor performance.
His co-defendants from WRS – Michael Rodgers and Thomas Willis – are awaiting sentencing.
“At Metro-North, there is zero tolerance for the misuse of public funds,” Metro-North Railroad President Catherine Rinaldi said in a statement from the DA’s office.
“The actions of this former employee to defraud Metro-North and abuse the contract process for kickbacks and bribes were unlawful and I am grateful that justice is being served.”
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