Former PennDOT exec pleads guilty to accepting bribes

Pennsylvania
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A former PennDOT official has admitted to soliciting and accepting bribes from a contractor

Nicholas Martino, 53, of Norristown, pleaded guilty to a felony conflict of interest charge and will serve 9 to 23 months of home confinement, the state attorney general’s office said.

Martino, a former assistant district executive for PennDOT’s southeastern district, must also pay a $10,000 fine and perform 50 hours of community service.

Prosecutors said Martino received payments from the unidentified contractor over an eight-year period. In exchange, they said he continued the contractor’s contracts with PennDOT, even when the contractor did not perform the work they were paid to do.

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