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Three former United Airlines employees admitted to each accepting several hundred thousand dollars in bribes from a contractor looking obtain maintenance and construction contracts around a restroom project at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR). The three men have pleaded guilty this week to one count each of conspiracy to commit honest services wire fraud according to the US Attorney’s Office for New Jersey.
NJ.com is reporting that Alok Saksena, Anthony Rosalli, and Lovella Rogan all worked for United Airlines in positions that controlled which contractors United used for projects at the airport in September 2021. In addition to giving the contractor the bathroom project, the three agreed to pass future work to the unnamed contractor.
Total bribes amounted to over $1.1 million and included vacations to Disney World and the Philippines, a computer and accessories, an iPad, a portable speaker, a Wi-Fi pet camera, an air purifier, a coffee maker, a designer purse, a wallet, and a Nintendo Switch. The list doesn’t end there. A $25,000 bathroom renovation, diamond earrings, guitars and guitar amplifiers, Rolex watches, AirPods, an Apple watch, gaming monitors, a foosball table, and a nine-room dollhouse were also included in the bribes.
In total, Saksena, 45, of Montclair, received bribes totaling $539,000; Rogan, 48, of Springfield, got $409,000; and Rosalli, 44, of Burlington, received about $209,000 in bribes.
They now each face sentences up to 20 years in prison and fines up to $250,000. Saksena is scheduled to be sentenced on April 17th, while Rosalli and Rogan are set to be sentenced the day after on April 18th.
Anthony’s Take: Power goes to people’s heads and it’s amazing how this trio had the gaul to ask for home renovations, trips, and even a dollhouse. This is not the first scandal in New Jersey and it won’t be the last. It will be interesting to see what they are sentenced to in April.
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