Joseph Sdao, a former project manager for the city Department of Parks & Recreation, was sentenced to only 12 weekends in jail for pocketing more than $30,000 to rig Bronx playground contracts. Sdao was the project manager for three Bronx Parks capital construction projects - Heffan Park, Manida Park and Aqueduct Lands Playground.
Sdao was arrested in April in a joint investigation conducted by the New York Attorney General's Office and the DOI.
According to the New York State Attorney General and New York City Department of Investigation, Mr. Sdao pocked more than $ 30,000 dollars in a kickback scheme from a vendor who was awarded two projects. No word on whether or not the vendor has been charged with any wrongdoing.
Sdao was suspended in January pending the investigation and was due to retire in July, according to a source.
contracts, according to the New York Daily News.
In addition, Joseph Sdao, 69, of Westbury, N.Y., has to serve five years probation and pay back the bribe money.
A city judge essentially sentenced Joseph Sdao -- a corrupt former project manager for the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, who defrauded the city out of more than $30,000 -- to a 12-weekend timeout yesterday, according to the Village Voice.
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