Former New Jersey Transit Official Admits Agreeing to Accept $8,000 Bribe
NEWARK—A former New Jersey Transit (NJ Transit) official today admitted she agreed to accept an $8,000 bribe and power-washing services in connection with a snow removal contract, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Donna Schiereck, 56, of Jackson, New Jersey, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge William H. Walls in Newark federal court to an information charging her with one count of agreeing to accept a bribe.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
From September 2012 to December 2012, Schiereck was a supervisor at NJ Transit. Schiereck agreed to accept $8,000 in exchange for her assistance with maintaining snow removal work for a Lakewood, New Jersey company. She also sought and received free power washing services from the company in return for her official assistance.
The bribery count to which Schiereck pleaded guilty carries a maximum potential penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for September 9, 2014.
U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Aaron T. Ford; and the New Jersey State Police, under the direction of Colonel Joseph R. Fuentes, superintendent of the state police, for the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea. He also thanked the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office, under the direction of Acting Attorney General John Hoffman, and Eli Honig, director of the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice, for their work on the investigation.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Amy Luria of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Special Prosecutions Division in Newark and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael A. Monahan, chief of the Financial and Computer Crimes Bureau, Division of Criminal Justice, New Jersey Office of the Attorney General.