A Jersey City man was sentenced Friday to six years in prison for serving as a middleman in a bribery scheme involving a project to renovate a railroad bridge in Roseland, Acting state Attorney General John Hoffman said.
Ernest Dubose pleaded guilty to a charge of second-degree conspiracy last month. In 2010, he conspired with a former state Department of Transportation engineer, Pennsylvania resident Gaudner Metellus, to artificially double the cost of the publicly funded project, from $700,000 to $1.4 million, authorities said.
Dubose and Metellus then went to Erie Railway and asked for a $325,000 bribe as their portion of the extra funds. Erie alerted authorities to the scheme and a company representative secretly recorded a conversation with Metellus discussing the bribe, authorities said.
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