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For Immediate Release:  
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March 24, 2005

Office of The Attorney General
- Peter C. Harvey, Attorney General
Office of Government Integrity
- John Kennedy, Director

 

Paul Loriquet
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Attorney General Announces Corruption Charges Against State Government Employee with Using Government Position to Obtain Personal Benefit
State Grand Jury Indicts Former State Park Maintenance Supervisor with Official Misconduct

TRENTON –Attorney General Peter C. Harvey announced that the Office of Government Integrity (OGI) has charged a State government employee with allegedly falsifying competitive bid documents to award those contracts to a single vendor who provided landscaping services at a State park. The State Grand Jury charged official misconduct, tampering with public records and receipt of gratuity by a State employee.

“This indictment charges a former State park maintenance supervisor with falsifying bid contracts relating to landscaping services at a park to provide preferential treatment to a single vendor. In addition, the state employee received $1,000 in travel gift certificates from the vendor,” said Attorney General Harvey. “This investigation and prosecution is another example of corruption that is, unfortunately, considered ‘business as usual’ for some government employees.”

“We are pleased that the Attorney General acted promptly in this case, after I referred this matter for investigation,” said Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bradley M. Campbell.

According to John Kennedy, Director of the Office of Government Integrity, a State Grand Jury indictment charged Frank Wayland, 61, an employee of the Department of Environmental Protection and residing at Theodore Conrad Drive in Jersey City, with second degree official misconduct, two counts of third degree tampering with public records and two counts of receipt of gratuity by state employee. If convicted on all counts, Wayland faces up to 10 years in jail.

The indictment charges that from October 2001 and March 2004, Wayland, while serving as a maintenance supervisor at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, awarded landscaping contracts to Winks/TBC Tree and Lawn Care without utilizing the bidding procurement procedure for procurement of services that was required by law. Allegedly, Wayland falsely certified on numerous occasions that he had solicited telephone bids in order to defraud his supervisors into believing the bidding process was competitive and in compliance with State bidding laws. In addition, the indictment charges that Wayland, on two occasions, did accept Liberty Travel gift certificates from Winks/TBC in the amount of $500 each.

OGI State Investigators Greg Rucker, Ray Kaminski and Deputy Attorney General Alison Aaron were assigned to the investigation. DAG Aaron represented the OGI before the State Grand Jury.

The defendant is presumed innocent of the charge unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

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