By: WBG, LLP Published: January 2009

Attempted Bribery of City Employees

Contractor Forfeits $260,000 Balance owed on Contract. The Appellate Division, First Department, has ruled that a Contractor must forfeit more than $260,000 owed to it by the City under a contract to renovate the Brooklyn Borough Hall, because its president attempted to bribe two City workers who were reviewing a $101,000 change order request submitted by the contractor. The Contractor’s president had left envelopes containing $3,000 and a Christmas card on the employees’ desks. One envelope also contained the pending change order request. After being alerted by its employees, the City’s Department of Investigation obtained the Contractor’s president’s admission that he had left the envelopes. The City cancelled the almost fully-completed contract and told the Contractor that no further payment would be made.

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