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State Official Guilty of Bribery to Forfeit O.C. Homes

By Herald Staff

OCEAN CITY – A state employee agreed to forfeit two Ocean City vacation homes after pleading guilty Monday to accepting $1.86 million in bribes from employment agencies that skirted labor laws, the Press of Atlantic City reports.
Federal prosecutors said Joseph Rivera, 53, of Winslow Township, Camden County, accepted bribes from at least 20 temporary employment agencies in exchange for letting the companies skirt state labor laws.
Rivera worked as a senior investigator with the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development in its Hours and Wages Division. He pleaded guilty Monday to bribery and tax evasion stemming from 2002, when he began soliciting bribes from temp agencies in his role as a senior investigator.
Prosecutors said Rivera collected bribes based on a formula of 25 cents per hour of employee labor recorded at each company. Rivera collected thousands of dollars from the companies every two weeks.
Read more of this story here at the Press of Atlantic City.

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