- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 23, 2016

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A contractor who bribed a fire code official to squash more than $8.7 million in outstanding fines on buildings with violations is now headed to prison.

Federal prosecutors say Victor Coca received a 19-month sentence on Tuesday. He also will have to serve two years of supervised release once he’s freed from prison.

The 50-year-old West New York man had pleaded guilty last June to two counts of an indictment charging him with paying bribes to a local government employee.

Authorities have said Coca paid $7,000 in cash bribes to a fire code official, who was cooperating with the federal government, to eliminate fines at two buildings in West New York.

Coca partly owned one of the buildings, while the other was owned by a friend.

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