- Associated Press - Saturday, September 30, 2017

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) - An official with a politically connected engineering firm won’t have to serve a jail term for his role in a scheme in which the firm made more than $1 million in illegal campaign contributions.

A judge instead ordered Scott McFadden to serve a year of probation.

The sentence was handed down Friday after state prosecutors and defense lawyers cited MacFadden’s cooperation with law enforcement that led to the convictions of six executives of the now-defunct Birdsall Services Group.

McFadden served as its chief administrative officer.

Investigators say the company disguised illegal corporate political contributions as personal contributions from employees. The company would have been disqualified from public contracts if it made contributions to campaigns and political organizations in its own name.

Authorities say the scheme lasted more than six years.

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