Politically connected engineer admits bribing disgraced Ocean Township officials

Howard Schoor, who founded one of New Jersey’s most politically powerful engineering firms, pleaded guilty today in federal court to bribing two former Ocean Township officials in exchange for contracts.

Schoor admitted paying $15,000 to former Mayor Terrence Weldon and former Township of Ocean Sewerage Authority (TOSA)chairman Stephen Kessler, who in exchange delivered contracts to Schoor’s company, Schoor DePalma.

Kessler pleaded guilty to accepting bribes from a then-unnamed representative of an engineering firm back in 2005, for which he and Weldon – who at the time of the payments both sat on the TOSA’s board – rewarded the firm with contracts relating to a sewer-line project and the renovation of the authority’s sewerage treatment plant.

Weldon pleaded guilty in 2002 to accepting bribes, and was sentenced to 58 months in federal prison last year.

Schoor will be sentenced on January 12 and faces a maximum of five years in federal prison, according to a press release issued by the U.S. Attorney’s office.

Politically connected engineer admits bribing disgraced Ocean Township officials