- Associated Press - Friday, June 2, 2017

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Two more former executives of a politically connected engineering firm have been sentenced to jail for trying to evade New Jersey’s pay-to-play laws.

The attorney general’s office says Robert Gerard and James Johnston received nine-month sentences. Both men worked for Birdsall Services Group.

Gerard, of Wall, and Johnston, of New Brunswick, pleaded guilty in April to making prohibited corporate political contributions through employees. They’re barred for 10 years from personally bidding on public contracts in New Jersey.

Six others, including former CEO Howard Birdsall, have already pleaded guilty. The firm is no longer in business.

Birdsall would have been disqualified from public contracts had it made the contributions in its own name.

Authorities say the scheme lasted more than six years and involved more than $1 million in contributions.

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