A U.S. District Court judge in Newark, N.J., has ordered Gordon D. McDonald, a former project manager at two New Jersey Superfund sites, to pay $4.36 million in restitution for his role in a $1.5-million bid-rigging, fraud and kickback schemes involving subcontract awards.
In an Oct. 20 ruling, Judge Susan Wigenton said that nearly $4 million of the judgement against McDonald, a former project manager for Niagara Falls, N.Y.-based Sevenson Environmental Services Inc., would go to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
McDonald was convicted last September on multiple counts and now is serving a 14-year prison term. At the time, the U.S. Justice Dept. said the prison term is the longest ever imposed for "an antitrust crime."
The location where McDonald is serving could not be confirmed on Oct. 24, but one source speculated it was at Ft. Dix, N.J.
Justin T. Loughlin, a Camden, N.J. attorney for McDonald, could not be reached.
Justice said McDonald accepted kickbacks from three subcontractors in exchange for contract awards and bid price information at the Federal Creosote and Diamond Alkali cleanup sites, located in Manville and Newark, respectively.
Subcontractors Bennett Environmental Inc., JMJ Environmental Inc. and National Industrial Supply and several of their executives also were found liable. They pleaded guilty last spring and several have been sentenced to varying prison term lengths.
The judge also ordered that about $314,000 of the judgement be paid to Sevenson for restitution.
McDonald also was prevously fined $50,000.
Earlier this year, Justice said it had been seeking a total of $6 million in fines and restitution against all of the executives and companies.
The Federal Creosote site was removed from the Superfund cleanup list last March. Work at the Diamond Alkali site continues.