Business owner pleads guilty to bribing Suffolk official

Business owner Neal Trabich pleaded guilty Tuesday to bribing former Suffolk legislator Allan Binder in return for a contract. Suffolk District Attorney Thomas Spota said Binder accepted about $18,000

News 12 Staff

Aug 13, 2008, 12:58 PM

Updated 5,817 days ago

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Business owner Neal Trabich pleaded guilty Tuesday to bribing former Suffolk legislator Allan Binder in return for a contract.
Suffolk District Attorney Thomas Spota said Binder accepted about $18,000 in bribes over a four-year period from Trabich, president of Global Golf Inc. In 1997, Global Golf won a contract to operate a publicly owned Northport Golf Course at the VA Medical Center.
Trabich also bribed Binder to extend his company?s contract at the Bergin Point Golf Club in West Babylon and admitted to falsifying tens of thousands of dollars of receipts, prosecutors said.
Binder pleaded not guilty Monday to taking bribes.
Trabich faces two to six years for admitting to the crime. Prosecutors say he cheated county taxpayers out of nearly $200,000.
Trabich will be sentenced Oct. 23 and Binder is expected in court Aug. 22. Trabich?s company is no longer operating the golf courses.


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