Connecticut's Culture of Corruption
Former DOT Official Pleads Guilty To Bribery
The Associated Press
5:59 PM EDT, July 7, 2008
NEW HAVEN - A former engineer for the state Department of Transportation has pleaded guilty to federal corruption charges as part of a bribery investigation.
Christopher Gallucci, who served as an assistant district engineer in the southern part of the state, pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy to solicit and accept corrupt payments, and impede the functions of the Internal Revenue Service.
Prosecutors say Gallucci acknowledged that beginning in 1997, he and others received trips, hotel rooms, meals and cash from a company doing business with the DOT, in exchange for helping the contractor get payments from the state, and allowing the company to benefit from a favorable lease arrangement.
Gallucci admitted that he received bribes worth almost $30,000, and failed to pay taxes on that income, prosecutors said. The company involved has not been identified.
Gallucci faces up to five years in prison at his Sept. 26 sentencing.
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