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Contractor pleads guilty for bribing official

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NEW ORLEANS (KNOE 8 News/AP) - A former maintenance and construction contractor, who did work for the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office, has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery.

Richard Molenaar III admitted in his plea Wednesday that he bribed John Sens, the former director of purchasing for the sheriff's office, who pleaded guilty to taking kickbacks in the bid-rigging scheme in March.

Federal prosecutors say Molenaar would submit fake bids for projects in the names of other local companies, often for a higher price than the bids from his own firms, in order to meet the state requirement of at least three competitive bids. Sens would then award the work to Molenaar.

Molenaar faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 16.

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