- Associated Press - Monday, January 5, 2015

MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) - A suspended senior engineer for New Jersey’s transportation department has admitted his role in a scheme to get bribes and fraudulently inflate the cost of a state-funded railroad repair project by more than $700,000.

State authorities say 35-year-old Gaudner Metellus, of Philadelphia, pleaded guilty Monday to official misconduct. He faces a three-year prison term when he’s sentenced March 20, and will forfeit his pension and retirement benefits.

Metellus also will be barred from holding public employment.

In entering his plea, Metellus said he and another person solicited representatives of a railroad company that runs a shortline freight railroad in New Jersey. The scheme sought to inflate the cost of a railroad bridge rehabilitation project in Roseland, and Metellus said they also solicited $325,000 in bribes from the company.

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