- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 26, 2017

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A former contractor who billed the corporation that oversaw Newark’s water services for more than $110,000 for work that was never performed has been sentenced to 18 months in prison.

Kevin Gleaton also must serve three years of supervised release and pay $111,600 in restitution under the sentence imposed Wednesday.

The 53-year-old West Orange man pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Federal prosecutors say he conspired with officials from the Newark Watershed Conservation and Development Corp. to bill the agency for printing and marketing services he never performed.

Prosecutors say he then gave kickbacks to two officials, Donald Bernard Sr. and Linda Watkins Brashear.

Bernard pleaded guilty to taking nearly $1 million in kickback payments and recently received an eight-year prison term. Brashear pleaded guilty to bribery charges and will be sentenced in September.

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