NY Contractor Sentenced to Prison for Bribing Fire Inspector

February 26, 2016

Victor Coca, owner of YYY Enterprise LLC in West New York, New Jersey, has been sentenced to 19 months in prison and two years supervision for paying $7,000 in cash bribes to a West New York fire official to eliminate $8.7 million in outstanding fire code fines and penalties on buildings his company was renovating.

The fines had been accumulating at a rate of $5,000 a day since 2008 while the property was held by a different owner. Coca acquired the building in 2013.

U.S. District Judge Esther Salas said she could have imposed a "hefty" fine on the 50-year-old Coca as well, but decided against it after hearing Coca say just before being sentenced that he owes more than $750,000 to others for expenses related to his contracting business. Salas said the sentence needed to "send a message" that corruption will not be tolerated. 

Coca also runs a political action committee called West New York Future Vision, according to the Jersey Journal.

Source: Department of Justice, New Jersey