An area resident and owner of a heavy construction and paving company pleaded guilty to a bid-rigging scheme.
Chrysanthopoulos, 50, of Little Silver, the former owner of Tarheel Enterprises
Inc., pleaded guilty mid-trial to the third count of an indictment
charging him with a scheme to defraud a private terminal operator at
Port Elizabeth of the honest services of one of its employees through
bribes to rig a bid.
Chrysanthopoulos entered his plea before
U.S. District Judge Joel A. Pisano in Trenton federal court on Thursday.
The remaining six counts of the indictment are to be dismissed at
Between February 2011 and April
2011, Chrysanthopoulos schemed to bribe Donald Olesky, the former
director of facilities Maintenance at Maher Terminals LLC, in exchange
for the Olesky’s assistance in rigging Maher Terminals’ bid process for a
construction project in favor of Tarheel.
Olesky was cooperating
with law enforcement and recorded a series of meetings with
Chrysanthopoulos, during which he schemed to rig that bid.
As part of
the scheme, Chrysanthopoulos gave to Olesky a list of contractors to
invite to bid on the project and also agreed to pay Olesky a $50,000
bribe in exchange for his assistance in rigging the bid process in favor
Chrysanthopoulos, who was released on bond, faces a
maximum prison term of 20 years and a maximum fine of $250,000. His
sentencing is set for March 26, 2014 before Judge Pisano.
previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Freda L. Wolfson
in Trenton federal court to two counts of the use of mail and facilities
in interstate commerce to promote commercial bribery. Olesky’s
sentencing will be scheduled at a later date.