Rockland man charged in illegal campaign contribution schemePosted: Updated:
The former owner of a Rockland County bus company has been arrested and charged in connection with an illegal campaign contribution scheme.
Richard Brega, 49, of Tompkins Cove, pleaded not guilty to steering tens of thousands of dollars in campaign donations to elected officials. Brega is also charged with falsifying records that the prosecutor claims he filed with the Board of Elections. He allegedly used employees, friends and family to make the contributions.
He was arrested after he surrendered today at the Rockland County District Attorney's Office. "He was advised last week that there was a sealed indictment, and he came in as requested to the DA's office and the judge released him with no bail," says Brega's attorney Kerry Lawrence.
Brega's company helped operate and maintain the Transport of Rockland and Tappan Zee Express bus lines.
This isn't the first time Brega has been in hot water. He's also facing separate federal corruption charges after being accused of receiving payments for repairs made to Rockland BOCES school buses when the work was never done.
With the new charges, Brega faces a maximum of four years in state prison.
His next court appearance is scheduled for Aug. 8.