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Pa. contractor pleads guilty to threatening employees to get kickbacks; having worker attacked


CAMDEN, New Jersey — The principal of a Pennsylvania construction company that did work at New Jersey's Fort Dix has admitted his role in a kickback scheme.

Federal prosecutors in New Jersey say Leonard Santos pleaded guilty Monday to counts of fraud and aggravated assault. The 67-year-old Yardley, Pennsylvania, resident admitted to running a scheme in which employees were forced to kick back wages.

Prosecutors say Santos, the principal officer of Bristol, Pennsylvania-based Sands Mechanical, also recruited co-conspirators to rough up a site manager who questioned company policies. They set fire to the man's truck in one incident, and he was seriously injured in another when he was hit by a car while riding his bicycle.

Three Sands' supervisors have pleaded guilty in the scheme and are awaiting sentencing.

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