Former Construction Executive Sentenced to 51 Months for Tax Evasion and Bribery Scheme

Former construction executive at Turner Construction Company, Vito Nigro, was sentenced in Manhattan federal court to 51 months in prison for evading taxes on more than $1.8 million in bribes, according to the Department of Justice. Nigro was a senior construction official for Turner Construction, a firm that performed building projects in New York City for Bloomberg LLP. Nigro, who is just one of the Turner and Bloomberg executives involved in this scheme, pleaded guilty last year.

According to court documents, between 2011 to 2018, Nigro, of Ocean, N.J., accepted more than $1.8 million in unlawful payments from subcontractors. Nigro took cash from at least five different subcontractors totaling more than $1.35 million. He also caused subcontractors to pay more than $350,000 to third parties for materials and services to be used at his personal residence and elsewhere. He also received watches, electronics, appliances and tickets. The case is being handled by the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York.

Nigro pleaded guilty to one count of tax evasion and is ordered to surrender at 10 a.m. on September 13.

Nigro is one of the latest to be sentenced as part of this scheme. Last month, Ronald Olson was sentenced to 46 months for evading taxes on more than $1.4 million in bribes. Anthony Guzzone, a former director of global construction at Bloomberg, was sentenced to 38 months on January 19.

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