Two sentenced for bribes involving road projects

| 7/23/2009

A federal judge has sentenced two people to jail and fines for bribing unions and laundering money related to roads and public works projects in New York.

Andrew Catapano, president of AFC Enterprises, Inc., received 10 months in jail, two years supervised release, 200 hours of community service, and a $25,000 fine. He was also ordered to pay the Internal Revenue Service $60,000 in restitution.

John Mikuszewski, a consultant with Rosewood Contracting Corp., will serve five months, then five months of home confinement and two years supervised release. He was also ordered to pay a $25,000 fine and $139,880 in restitution to the IRS.

The two men pleaded guilty in 2008, admitting that they bribed union officials and utility company representatives in an effort to save on labor costs for road construction projects between 1998 and 2001. The money they saved on labor was laundered or used to perpetuate the bribery scheme according to the Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General.

Authorities arrested Catapano and Mikuszewski in 2006, saying their scheme had involved $10 million in projects.

As part of the plea agreement in 2008, Catapano and Mikuszewski forfeited $1.2 million to the federal government.

– By David Tanner, staff writer