Birdsall Ordered To Pay $1M In Pay-To-Play Case

By Richard Vanderford (August 30, 2013, 5:37 PM EDT) -- A New Jersey judge on Friday ordered bankrupt engineering firm Birdsall Services Group to pay $1 million in criminal penalties for evading the state's pay-to-play law by using employees to make hundreds of thousands of dollars in political donations.

Superior Court Judge Wendel E. Daniels imposed a $500,000 public corruption penalty and a $500,000 anti-money laundering penalty, New Jersey First Assistant Attorney General Thomas R. Calcagni said in a statement.

The Monmouth County-based firm, which was effectively ruined by the scandal, has agreed to cooperate in a prosecution of seven Birdsall executives, Calcagni said. Former CEO and top shareholder Howard Birdsall...

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