- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) - An attorney has been convicted of conspiring with a former New Jersey transportation department engineer to have a railroad company inflate the cost of a state-funded railroad repair project and pay them $325,000 in bribes.

State officials say 34-year-old Ernest Dubose, of Jersey City, was found guilty Monday on counts of conspiracy, official misconduct, bribery in official and political matters, attempted theft by deception, and false contract payment claims.

He could face up to 10 years in prison when he’s sentenced May 22.

Prosecutors said Dubose and Gaudner Metellus, of Jamison, Pennsylvania, 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 they also solicited $325,000 in bribes from the company.

Metellus pleaded guilty in January.

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