- Associated Press - Thursday, October 27, 2016

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A technology worker whose company did work for the corporation that oversaw Newark’s water services has been sentenced to probation for overcharging the agency to enrich herself and a former director.

A judge on Thursday sentenced Retha Renee McCoy Thursday to two years’ probation, with a condition of four months of home confinement and location monitoring.

McCoy pleaded guilty in June to filing a false tax return for the 2012 tax year.

McCoy’s company allegedly provided internet research and technology consulting services to the not-for-profit Newark Watershed Conservation and Development Corporation.

Prosecutors have said McCoy got about $355,000 from the corporation between September 2007 and March 2013, an amount they say far exceeded the value of any work she did. They say a “substantial portion” of the payments were fraudulent and orchestrated to fund concealed payments from McCoy to Linda Watkins Brashear, the corporation’s executive director.

Brashear pleaded guilty last December to taking nearly $1 million in kickback payments in exchange for awarding work to vendors and contractor

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