The former marketing director of Birdsall Services Group, one of the state's major engineering firms, was ordered to pay $26,775 to the state Attorney General's office. Philip Angarone, 40, of Hamilton, faces up to a year in jail after he pled guilty to violating the state's Pay-to-Play Act.
Angarone admitted that beginning in 2008, when he joined the firm, he participated in a previously existing scheme to make illegal corporate political contributions. Instead of Birdsall Services Group (BSG) making contributions to campaigns and political organizations that would disqualify it from public contracts, Angarone said that he and other shareholders and employees would make personal political contributions of $300 or less, which are deemed unreportable.
Multiple personal checks would be bundled together by Angarone or others at BSG and sent to the appropriate campaign or political organization. BSG would then reimburse employees in the form of added bonus payments. BSG would also omit the reimbursed contributions in documents filed with the state Election Law Enforcement Commission. Every for-profit business entity in New Jersey that has received $50,000 or more in government contracts in a calendar year must file the Business Entity Annual Statement with ELEC.
Angarone's sentencing is scheduled for April 26, 2013. The state Attorney General's office said it was continuing its investigation into Birdsall.