According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
Coca owned a general contracting company located in West New York. There were two buildings in West New York with outstanding fines for fire code violations – one building had approximately $14,500 in fines and the other had approximately $8,730,000 in fines and penalties.
Coca paid the fire official cash bribes to reduce or eliminate the outstanding fines, according to Fishman. For the first building, Coca paid a $2,000 cash bribe to the fire official to eliminate the outstanding $14,500 in fines. For the second building, Coca paid a $5,000 cash bribe to the fire official, in return for the fire official reducing the $8,730,000 in outstanding penalties, thus making the amount due to the West New York Bureau of Fire Prevention only the initial fine amount of $5,000.
The charge is punishable by a maximum potential penalty of ten years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000 or twice the gain or loss arising out of the offense.