Another guilty plea in bid rigging investigation

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A third defendant in a bid rigging investigation involving Monroe County contracts has pleaded guilty.

Nelson Rivera , the county’s former IT director, pleaded guilty to two felonies Wednesday. He admitted to helping steera lucrative contract to co-defendant, Dan Lynch.

Rivera will not get jail time, pay a $25,000 fine and give up his state pension.

He and three other men are accused of rigging contracts through a local development corporation. The non-profit LDC’s are used to handle county projects. In this case, the LDC’s handled security and telecommunications upgrades.

The New York State Comptroller has faulted LDC’s for lack of transparency.

Last month, Robert Wiesner, the husband of former Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks, pleaded guilty in connection with the case. Brooks’ successor, Cheryl Dinolfo, is putting an end to LDC’s.

John Maggio pleaded guilty last year to one count of violating the state’s anti-trust act. 

So far, none of the defendants face jail time.

The case involving Lynch is still pending. He is scheduled to go to trial February 23.

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