New York Construction Executive Sentenced for Tax Evasion and Bribery

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Robison Wells
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The Manhattan Federal Court sentenced Vito Nigro, a New York construction executive, to 51 months in prison for evading taxes on more than $1.8 million in bribes he received from subcontractors.

Between 2011 and 2017, Nigro, who lived in New Jersey but worked in New York City, acted as a senior construction official at Turner Construction Company, a major player in Manhattan building projects. According to the verdict, Nigro had received the bribes as kickbacks for awarding specific projects to certain subcontractors. He received $1,350,000 in cash bribes. In-kind fixes, such as renovations and improvement projects at his large New Jersey home, made up the rest.

In addition to the jail time, the judge ordered Nigro to pay back no less than $780,000 and no more than $812,000.

In June, the court convicted Ronald Olsen, co-conspirator and former vice president at Turner Construction, to 46 months in prison for evading taxes on $1.5 million in bribes. Anthony Guzzone, another member of the scheme, received 38 months in prison. The court also sentenced one of the subcontractors to 24 months in prison for giving out $420,000 in bribes.

The IRS-Criminal Investigation Unit in conjunction with the New York City Tax Division and the Assistant U.S. Attorney of the Southern District of New York’s Complex Frauds and Cybercrime Unit conducted the investigation.

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