Palmieri Sentenced

According to the two-year delay in sentencing was explained when a “federal attorney stated in court that the former county official had been cooperating with investigators and led authorities to a broader scandal.”

“Mr. Palmieri made numerous recordings and wore a wire at the League of Municipalities Convention for the purpose of uncovering corruption,” Assistant U.S. Mark McCarren state in federal court in Newark, during Palmieri’s sentencing hearing.  Both McCarren and Palmieri’s attorney, Anthony Iacullo, asked U. S. District Court Judge William H. Walls to imposed a lighter sentence on Palmieri because of his cooperation, but the judge rejected the request and criticized the lawyers for asking.


In federal court today, McCarren argued that Palmieri should receive a lesser sentence because of his cooperation, even permitting investigators for put a video camera in his county office.  McCarren said Palmieri had worn a body wire to record others, including another vendor, 54-year-old Richard Greer, of Marlboro. Greer then began cooperating with investigators and led them to uncover a kickback scheme involving people at NJ Transit and their vendors.

According to politickernj Niel Palmieri was sentenced to 70 months in prison plus three years of supervised release for:

According to documents in this case and statements made in court: From January 2006 to September 2010, Palmieri was the Director of the Division of Facilities Management for Union County, overseeing the purchasing of building materials, tools, hardware, janitorial supplies and other supplies used by the various Bureaus of the Division of Facilities Management. During the same time period, his codefendant, Frank Donald Vicendese, III, 50, of Berkeley Heights owned and operated Viva Group LLC, a commercial maintenance and construction business that sold, among other products, hardware, tools and accessories to counties in New Jersey.
Vicendese generated fictitious invoices to Union County through Palmieri for many hardware items. Palmieri then provided county payment vouchers to Vicendese, who signed and returned the vouchers to Palmieri. Palmieri approved the vouchers for payment by falsely verifying that the products were received by Union County, when in fact, the products were not received. Vicendese then compensated Palmieri with cash, gift cards and valuable items, including a Bowflex physical fitness machine, Panasonic Hard Drive Camcorder, and a Canon PowerShot Digital Camera, in exchange for Palmieri’s official action and assistance in the scheme. Viva Group received between $120,000 and $200,000 in fraudulent proceeds from the fictitious invoices.
Was justice served?

11 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by bpaterson on October 7, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    and palmieri was one of the more honest ones at the county! he must have crossed Lesniak or one of the other puppeteers controlling the county govt.


  2. Posted by javagold on October 7, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    A Public Taker and a Rat. That’s the Union County Daily Double. And he did it all for a Bowflex !!!! LOL


  3. Posted by Jim Buettner on October 7, 2015 at 7:47 pm

    What do you think the odds are that he gets another job somewhere in UC government?


  4. Posted by nfs on October 7, 2015 at 10:46 pm

    Wearing a wire? Got to be a lot of County heads shitting their pants.


  5. Posted by R U Kidding on October 8, 2015 at 5:03 am

    Sorry but seems his sentence was light, now we will see who else has been stealing from Union County. I can think of a few, but they alway walk away clean.


  6. Posted by MJ on October 8, 2015 at 5:23 am

    Does he still get to keep his pension and lifetime health benefits?


  7. Posted by opa on October 8, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    @nfs “depends” lol


  8. Posted by FormerEmployee on October 13, 2015 at 7:27 am

    Surprised the Watchers didn’t catch that Richard Greer was also sentenced the same week. Or just didn’t bother reporting it.


  9. Posted by Brian P Keane on October 13, 2015 at 9:37 am

    Palmieri should have been sentenced 20 yrs. He and Richmond Lapolla handed out termination slips to the old print shop employees back in 2002. Meanwhile he was stealing money from Union County Services than amounted to more than 150000 thousand dollars. The county closed the print shop than privatized it three months later. Turing a 1/2 million dollar department into 5 Million dollars for George Devanney’s cousin Royal Printing Inc., and Richard Stender SVO Facility..


  10. Posted by Phil McCracken on October 16, 2015 at 11:33 am

    God knows what he got away with his whole career..this behavior just doesn’t start overnight..he learned from the half-steppers before him who benefited from their own nepotism so it’s good one got caught and will be made an example of,the hell with him


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