Wednesday, October 11, 2017

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Former New Rochelle school district director pleads guilty to corruption

WHITE PLAINS – The former director of environmental services for the New Rochelle City School District pled guilty in White Plains federal court on Tuesday to bribery in connection with a scheme to solicit bribes from an outside contractor to channel school district business to that contractor’s company.

John Gallagher admitted that he demanded and received over $150,000 in cash bribes from a contractor for the school district.

Gallagher oversaw the district’s buildings and grounds and had influence over which contractors were awarded work by the district and over whether, when, and how contractors were assigned work and paid for work.  From About 2009 through 2013, Gallagher engaged in a corrupt, criminal scheme, in which he solicited, demanded and accepted cash bribes intending to be influenced in connection with the school district’s business and transactions with a construction company.  Gallagher received kickbacks of 10 percent of each job from Mauro Zonzini, the owner of the construction company, federal authorities said.

Gallagher, 53, of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, pled guilty to one count of bribery and could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison when he appears in court next January.


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