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Toms River Contractor Admits NJ Transit Bribes

A businessman from Toms River has an April 22 sentencing date for his role in about $40,000 worth of bribes for NJ Transit workers to get snow removal contracts.

Edward O’Neill, 53, President of PPW Contracting, pleaded guilty to one count of bribery conspiracy today in a Newark federal courtroom, according to information from New Jersey U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman’s office.

Thomas Braden, 55, also of Toms River, pleaded guilty to bribery in December and is scheduled for sentencing March 25.

Prosecutors said that O’Neill and Braden lavished a worker in the state transit system with about $20,000 between September 2011 and March 2012 for the contract to clear off the Trenton train station. According to documents in the case, they ponied up another $20,000 between September 2012 and April 2013 to retain it.

Investigators say that about $8,000 was intended for a supervisor.

O’Neill risks up to five years in prison and fines as high as $250,000. Braden faces the same fine limits but could spend up to 10 years behind bars.

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