The state Attorney General’s Office arrested a senior engineer for the New Jersey Department of Transportation (DOT) and an alleged accomplice on charges that they solicited a railroad company to fraudulently inflate the cost of a state-funded railroad repair project by approximately $700,000 and pay them $325,000 in bribes, according to Attorney General Paula T. Dow and Criminal Justice Director Stephen J. Taylor.
The railroad company placed the call to the justice deparment.
According to Taylor in the AG’s Office release, detectives from the Division of Criminal Justice Corruption Bureau arrested Gaudner B. Metellus, 31, of Philadelphia, Pa., a senior engineer for DOT, and Ernest J. Dubose, 30, of Boston, Mass., late yesterday. The two men were charged by complaint with official misconduct and attempted theft by deception, both second-degree crimes.
They’re jailed in Morris County. Bail is set for each at $100,000.
“We charge that this senior engineer for DOT brazenly violated the public trust,” said Dow. “He and his co-defendant allegedly solicited a railroad company to conspire in a scheme to bill the state hundreds of thousands of dollars for fictitious rail repairs. This was a case of the fox minding the henhouse, because Metellus was responsible for monitoring rail projects to ensure that grant funds were properly spent.”