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Mass man guilty of transit kickback scheme

June 20, 2012
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WORCESTER, Mass.—A Newton man has pleaded guilty to paying kickbacks to employees of a central Massachusetts transit authority to get them to by-pass the bidding system and steer business paid by the state's Medicaid program to a company he owned.

Alexander Shrayber pleaded guilty on Tuesday to paying the bribes to two Montachusett Regional Transit Authority employees.

He is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 16. Punishment is expected to include restitution.

Prosecutors say the 57-year-old Shrayber paid authority employees monthly cash bribes to land contracts for his companies transporting Medicaid patients to medical appointments. Authorities allege the scheme from 2007 until April 2010 helped Shrayber win contracts over competitors who made lower bids. Prosecutors say Shrayber's companies took in about $4.4 million in the scheme.

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