New Jersey: Man Busted Taking $1.5 Million in EPA Project Kickbacks

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Former Project Manager Convicted for Role in Conspiracy Schemes Involving Two EPA Superfund Sites in New Jersey

WASHINGTON — A New Jersey jury convicted a former project manager for his central role in conspiracies that spanned seven years and involved kickbacks in excess of $1.5 million at two Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Superfund sites in New Jersey, the Department of Justice announced today. The jury returned guilty verdicts on 10 counts charged in the indictment against Gordon D. McDonald, which was filed on Aug. 31, 2009.

In addition to today’s conviction, to date, eight individuals and three companies have pleaded guilty to charges arising out of this investigation.

After a two-week trial, McDonald, a former project manager for a prime contractor, was convicted of engaging in separate bid-rigging, kickback and/or fraud conspiracies with three subcontractors at two New Jersey Superfund sites – Federal Creosote in Manville, N.J., and Diamond Alkali in Newark, N.J. He was also convicted of engaging in an international money laundering scheme, major fraud…

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