- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 1, 2015

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) - A construction company owner has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison for extorting kickbacks and condoning an attack on a critical site manager.

A judge handed down the sentence against 68-year-old Leonard Santos on Monday.

Prosecutors say Santos, of Yardley, Pennsylvania, demanded kickbacks from workers’ paychecks at Joint Base-McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst between 2009 and 2010.

Prosecutors say he condoned the attack of a site manager who was critical of Sands Mechanicals’ employees’ work. The manager suffered serious injuries when he was run down while riding his bike.

Alex Rabinovich was also sentenced to three years of probation and four months of house arrest in the case for a conspiracy to pay a contractor’s representative to get “last looks” at competitors’ bids.

Two others have pleaded guilty in the case.



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