- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 6, 2016

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) - An official with a now-defunct New Jersey engineering firm involved in a pay-to-play scheme has pleaded guilty to corporate misconduct.

Scott McFadden entered his plea Wednesday. The 61-year-old Brick man is expected to get probation and a county jail term when he’s sentenced later this year.

McFadden was chief administrative officer for Birdsall Services Group, a once prominent engineering firm based in Monmouth County.

Several of the firm’s top executives were indicted in March 2013 on charges stemming from the alleged scheme. They and the company were accused of masking corporate political contributions to campaigns and political organizations that otherwise would disqualify the firm from receiving public contracts

Prosecutors have said company shareholders and employees made personal contributions of $300 or less, which do not have to be reported. They eventually were illegally reimbursed by the firm.

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