Ex-Newark Watershed Director Sentenced To 8 Years For Kickback Scheme

Ex-Newark watershed director sentenced to 8 years for kickback scheme

NEWARK — The former director of the now-defunct Newark Watershed Conservation and Development Corp. was sentenced to more than eight years in federal prison Friday for her role in a $1 million kickback scheme in which she solicited bribes in exchange for no-work or over-inflated contracts. 
Linda Watkins Brashear, 57, of West Orange, oversaw the agency once tasked with treating and delivering water to northern New Jersey residents and admitted in court she struggled with a gambling addiction during the last few years of her tenure. 
She previously pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy and filing a false income tax return and …

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