Case Details

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Martin W. Starr; Staff Contracting


third-degree false representations for a government contract

Sentence Imposed

Court to determine sentence up to 364 days in the county jail and a term of probation. The companies owned by the individual defendants also pleaded guilty to the same charge. The individual and corporate defendants are disqualified from public contracts for five years, and are jointly and severally liable for paying a $50,000 penalty to the Anti-Trust Revolving Fund for anti-trust enforcement efforts.

Case Description

See also New Jersey v. Gallagher. Kenneth Disko, the former contracted engineer or engineer/architect on record for the Westfield, Tinton Falls and Scotch Plains-Fanwood school districts, pleaded guilty to an accusation charging him with second-degree false representations for a government contract. Disko admitted that he orchestrated a series of bid-rigging and kickback schemes from 2001 to 2010 in those school districts involving Starr and two other contractors. Disko prepared fraudulent quotes and estimates and directed contractors to inflate quotes and estimates. He admitted that he submitted the fraudulent quotes and estimates to the districts and recommended approval of the contracts in exchange for kickbacks from the contractors. In pleading guilty, Starr admitted that in 2009 and 2010, he prepared fictitious quotes from legitimate contractors without their permission and submitted them to Disko in order to appear to be the lowest bidder for contracts worth nearly $25,000 that were awarded to Starr.