Jonathan GordonMay 29, 2018, 3:22 pmMay 30, 2018, 4:22 pm

Man faces corruption charges weeks after being found guilty of fraud, bribery, theft

Richard Brega allegedly used relative to hide $6K donation

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NEW CITY – Rockland resident Richard Brega appeared in Rockland County Court Tuesday for corruption allegations against him, weeks after being convicted in federal court on fraud, bribery, and theft charges.

Under oath, Brega, 50, pleaded guilty to one count of falsifying business records in the first degree. The Rockland District Attorney's Office said Brega worked around state campaign finance laws by paying other people to donate to politicians under different names.

Brega admitted to using a relative to hide a $6,000 donation to then-county executive candidate Ilan Scheoberger.

"The evidence would show that Mr. Brega did this for the purpose of concealing the commission of the crime of exceeding the campaign finance donation limits in the state of New York," Rockland Assistant District Attorney Richard Moran said.

Brega was facing 10 charges of falsifying business records for similar schemes; however, Tuesday’s plea means he will face a maximum of one year in state prison.

"You will receive a sentence of one-year definite term incarceration, that sentence to run concurrently with the sentence that you will be receiving on your federal matter," Rockland County Judge David Zuckerman said.

Brega will be sentenced in that case on Oct. 17, and he will be sentenced in the county case on Nov. 20.

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