A senior investigator with the New Jersey Department of Labor & Workforce Development received a 60-month prison sentence for taking $1.86 million in bribes from temporary staffing firm, according to the The United States Attorney’s Office, District of New Jersey. Joseph Rivera, 56, will also be required to pay $250,000 in restitution and forfeit money and property.
Rivera had earlier pleaded guilty to one count of solicitation and acceptance of a bribe and one count of tax evasion, according to the office. His job was to inspect temporary labor firms to ensure they were in compliance with wage and hour laws; however, he agreed to not inspect the firms and falsely certify they were in compliance in exchange for payments, according to the office.
The incidents happened between 2002 and 2008. Rivera received payments from at least 20 temporary labor firms, according to the office. He also attempted to avoid paying taxes on money from the bribes, according to the office.
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