United States: S.F. City Hall corruption scandal: Ex-Recology exec to plead guilty to bribes charge

The former waste management executive accused of funnelling $1 million in bribes to ex-public Works director Mohammed Nuru has agreed to plead guilty to a federal fraud charge, officials said Wednesday.

Paul Giusti, 65, is the former community relations manager for the San Francisco group of trash company Recology and the latest defendant tied to a City Hall scandal to strike a plea deal with prosecutors and agree to cooperate with investigators.

Acting U.S. Attorney Stephanie Hinds, FBI Special Agent in Charge Craig Fair, and IRS Criminal Investigation Acting Special Agent in Charge Michael Daniels announced the development in a joint statement released Wednesday.

Federal prosecutors said between 2014 and January 2020, Giusti “conspired with others to direct a stream of payments and benefits from the waste management company to Nuru, directly or through his designees.” The bribes came in the form of gifts, services and financial contributions, including $60,000 from 2016 to 2019 to fund the annual Department of Public Works’ holiday party.

These gifts, prosecutors said, were all intended to curry favour with the former public works director. Officials said it was Giusti’s job to keep Nuru happy as the company attempted to negotiate rate increases for garbage collection. Nuru played a key role in this process.

The original full article can be found at sfchronicle.com

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