Eleven convictions in construction fraud case
The court in the southern city of Den Bosch has convicted seven provincial officials from Limburg to prison sentences for accepting bribes from road construction company Janssen de Jong. Two of the company's former directors and an employee were convicted for bribery.
The most severe punishment was for former Janssen de Jong Director Mark J, who was sentenced to 14 months in jail and a 10-month conditional sentence. His fellow director Rob A. was sentenced to six months and a six-month suspended sentence because he knew officials were being bribed but did not actively take part in the bribery.
The seven officials were convicted to prison sentences of up to a year and were banned from working from the government for a two-year period. The wife of one of the officials was sentenced to perform community service because she had accepted bribes in violation of her husband's oath of office. Two employees of Janssen de Jong and two officials were acquitted because there was no proof they had done anything in return for the gifts they received.
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