- Associated Press - Thursday, October 8, 2015

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - The owner of a company that sold maintenance and cleaning supplies and bribed a Union County official has been sentenced to prison.

Richard Greer was sentenced to 31 months in prison on Thursday after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud in November 2013 and defrauding the county out of more than $120,000

The 56-year-old Marlboro resident admitted paying monthly $500 bribes to Aniello Palmieri, a 59-year-old Toms River resident who served as director of facilities management for Union County. Palmieri was sentenced to 70 months in jail Wednesday after pleading to mail fraud.

Prosecutors say Greer generated fictitious invoices to the county for many industrial cleaning products to cover the bribes, often including a profit for himself above the kickback he paid to Palmieri.

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