Former Birdsall employee indicted

Former Birdsall Services Group Executive Vice President Tom Rospos was indicted today as part of the ongoing investigation into illicit campaign donations by the firm.

Rospos, 60, of Belmar, was charged with second-degree counts of conspiracy, making false representations for government contracts, misconduct by a corporate official, and money laundering.  Each of these counts carries a sentence of five to 10 years in prison.  He was also charged with tampering with public records or information (3rd degree), falsifying or tampering with records (4th degree), prohibited corporation contributions through employees (4th degree), and concealment or misrepresentation of contributions or expenditures (4th degree).

The investigation has already claimed former Birdsall Marketing Director Philip Angarone, 40, of Hamilton, who admitted in court that he took part in the scheme, pleading guilty to third-degree tampering with public records or information and fourth-degree prohibited corporation contributions through employees.  He faces up to 364 days in jail and a term of probation.

Former firm President Howard Birdsall resigned last month, but so far has faced no charges.

Joseph Hayden, the attorney for Birdsall, said in a statement that all of the allegations occurred under previous management and the firm is fully cooperating with authorities.

“The allegations outlined in these charges all occurred under previous management at Birdsall Services Group,” Hayden said. “We have been fully cooperating with the Attorney General’s Office throughout the course of this investigation and once we were made aware of potential discrepancies swift action was taken resulting in a new CEO, significant personnel changes, and the hiring of former New Jersey Supreme Court Chief Justice James Zazzali, who will oversee the newly established internal processes to ensure complete compliance going forward.”

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