A Internal Revenue Service criminal investigation in the Big Apple uncovered a bribery scheme involving more than five million dollars paid to four construction executives between 2011 and 2017 – and many false tax returns.
Two defendants worked for Bloomberg, a global financial firm associated with construction projects, while the other two were executives for a contractor that did work for Bloomberg. The four received kickbacks in exchange for large contracts and did not report any of the income on their tax returns.
One defendant, Michael Campana, was sentenced to two years in prison for evading taxes on more than $420,000 he received in bribes in the form of cash and direct payments for personal items, including charges incurred for his wedding – $40,000 paid to a catering hall, $13,000 to a photographer and $23,000 to a travel agent for his honeymoon. He has been ordered to pay $155,000 in restitution.
Anthony Guzzone took more than 1.4 million dollars in bribes. He received cash, construction labor and materials for work on his house, and Super Bowl tickets worth almost $8000. Vito Nigro and Ronald Olson have been charged with accepting bribes and evading taxes on millions of dollars. The three men will be sentenced later this year.