Former Director Gets 12 Months for Bribery

A former maintenance director at Maher Terminals in Union County, New Jersey was sentenced to 12 months in prison for soliciting and accepting cash bribes of more than $100,000 in return for demolition and construction contracts at a container ship facility, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman said Friday in a prepared statement.

Donald Olesky, 57, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Freda L. Wolfson in Trenton federal court to two counts of using, and causing to be used, the mail in aid of an unlawful activity, specifically commercial bribery under New Jersey law, authorities said.

In addition to the prison term, Wolfson sentenced Olesky to two years of supervised release, ordered to forfeit $288,000 and fined $10,000. The sentencing took place in Trenton federal court.

According to documents filed in the case and statements in court, Olesky, who was director of facility maintenance at Maher Terminals at Port Elizabeth, was responsible for obtaining bids and awarding contracts for construction projects. From 2000 through 2011, Olesky manipulated the bidding process to ensure demolition and construction projects were awarded to contractors that paid him cash bribes. During his plea proceeding, Olesky admitted to soliciting and accepting $122,000 in bribes, authorities said.

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