The former head of the not-for-profit corporation that oversaw Newark’s water services pleaded guilty Monday to taking nearly $1 million in kickback payments in exchange for awarding work to vendors and contractors.
Linda Watkins-Brashear pleaded guilty to one count of theft of honest services wire fraud and one count of filing false tax returns. She faces as many as 20 years in prison when she is sentenced in April.
The 56-year-old West Orange resident headed the Newark Watershed Conservation and Development Corp. from 2007 to 2013, according to court papers. The U.S attorney’s office alleged that she accepted kickbacks from contractors who provided printing, marketing, Internet research, cleaning and interior design work over a period of several years.
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