Contractor Denies Bribery In Hurricane Ike Cleanup

Law360, New York (June 30, 2011, 7:18 PM EDT) -- A Texas businessman pled not guilty Thursday to allegations that he and a former county commissioner funneled kickbacks to a former state judge to secure subcontracting work as part of a $3.2 million federally funded cleanup following Hurricane Ike.

Businessman Mark Wayne Miksch's co-defendants, former Liberty County, Texas, Precinct 2 Commissioner Herman Groce and ex-judge John Fitzgerald, pled not guilty June 24.

Miksch, who is Fitzgerald's brother-in-law, allegedly directed $611,000 in kickbacks to the former judge in exchange for his role in arranging debris removal subcontracts...
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