The first batch of former Monmouth County public officials convicted of bribery in Operation Bid Rig have been sentenced, with terms ranging from eight to 22 months in prison.
Former Monmouth County Superintendent of Bridges Anthony Palughi, who pleaded guilty in 2005 to soliciting bribes, was sentenced to eight months in prison, two years of supervised release and fined $7,000.
Former West Long Branch Mayor Paul Zambrano faces a year in prison, a $2,500 fine and three years of supervised release.
Former Keyport Mayor John Merla got 22 months in prison, a tougher sentence than the other two defendants. The U.S. Attorney’s office cited his lack of coorperation and staying in office for two years after his arrest as the reason for the longer sentence.
Tomorrow morning, Bid Rig defendants Richard Iadanza, Joseph McCurrin and John Zambrano are set to be sentenced. On Wednesday, the court will sentence Richard Messer and Thomas Greenwald.