Ex-New Brunswick official arrested for taking bribes

A former New Brunswick city employee was arrested today on charges that she took cash payments for expediting the payment of invoices to city contractors.

Linda Roach, a clerk in the city Planning Department, allegedly took $2,180 in cash from a Perth Amboy-based contractor, and monthly payments of between $100 and $150 from a New Brunswick contractor, according to U.S. Attorney Christopher J. Christie.

The contractors were working on a federally funded program that rehabilitated the homes of low-income New Brunswick homeowners. In all, the two companies received contracts worth about $2.2 million.

Other arrests are expected, according to Christie’s office. Several other people have already been arrested and pleaded guilty, including the owners of the two contracting firms and Richard Kaplan, a former Rehabilitation Construction Inspector and Assistant Zoning officer for the City of New Brunswick.

Ex-New Brunswick official arrested for taking bribes