Transit agency workers plead guilty to bribery
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) -- Two former workers for a central Massachusetts transit agency have been fined $10,000 after pleading guilty to accepting bribes.
The state attorney general's office says 45-year-old Maria Gutierrez of Fitchburg, and 36-year-old Nancy Osorio, of Leominster, each pleaded guilty Thursday to taking Medicaid kickbacks and corrupt gifts, and offers or promises to influence officials' acts. They both received two-year suspended jail sentences.
Prosecutors say the former Montachusett Regional Transit Authority employees accepted the bribes to help businessman land contracts for his five companies transporting Medicaid patients to medical appointments.
The scheme from 2007 until April 2010 helped Alexander Shrayber win contracts over competitors who made lower bids.
Shrayber in November also received a suspended prison sentence and was ordered to pay $700,000 in fines