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Sentencing hearing for Newton man in bribery case

August 11, 2012
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WORCESTER, Mass.—A Newton man is returning to court after pleading guilty to charges of paying thousands of dollars in kickbacks to a quasi-state agency to win transportation contracts for Medicaid patients.

Alex Shrayber will return to Worcester Superior Court for a sentencing and restitution hearing Thursday morning.

Prosecutors say Shrayber paid Montachusett Regional Transit Authority employees in Fitchburg monthly cash bribes to land contracts for his five companies transporting Medicaid patients to medical appointments.

The scheme from 2007 until April 2010 helped Shrayber win contracts over competitors who made lower bids.

Shrayber was arrested in 2010 and pleaded guilty in June to two counts of Medicaid kickbacks and corrupt gifts as well as four counts of offers or promises to influence officials.

Three Montachusett Regional Transit Authority workers are also on trial.

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