Former contractor from Little Neck pays the price for bribing Con Edison workers for contracts

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A Little Neck man will be spending the next four years in a federal prison for bribing Con Edison officials to receive lucrative construction contracts.

Rodolfo Quiambao, 75, paid Con Edison supervisors hundreds of thousands of dollars in kickbacks to secure “sole source” contracts on behalf of Rudell & Associates, an engineering and electrical design firm for which he formerly served as president and CEO. He was initially arrested in June 2015.

According to U.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue, Quiambao also evaded taxes by concealing and later deducting the bribe payments he made as business expenses on the company’s tax returns.

The U.S. Attorney’s office for the Eastern District of New York cracked down on the bribery scheme nearly a decade ago. Since 2008, 13 Con Edison supervisors and employees and three Con Edison contractors have been convicted on federal criminal charges.

Quiambao pleaded guilty back in March 2016 to bribery and tax evasion charges. During his sentencing on April 4 of this year, he was ordered to 48 months’ imprisonment and to pay a $125,000 fine and more than $4.5 million in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service.

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