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N.J. Transit Agency Fires Two in Probe

October 17, 2003

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) _ New Jersey’s transit agency fired two managers and disciplined 24 others after an ethics investigation prompted by the criminal prosecution of a vice president, the agency said Friday.

A spokeswoman for the NJ Transit, which operates commuter rail and bus lines in the state, described the two fired employees as midlevel managers who solicited and accepted gifts and meals from vendors. The agency did not disclose the value.

``We found no evidence that there was influence on business or contracts,″ said the spokeswoman, Lynn Bowersox.

The 24 other managers were disciplined for improperly accepting business meals, the agency said. Their sanctions ranged from verbal and written reprimands up to a three-week unpaid suspension and salary freeze.

The violations occurred from fall 1995 to spring 2002, said George D. Warrington, the agency’s executive director. He said NJ Transit has established education and control measures to ensure the violations are not repeated.

Last month, former vice president Maureen Milan pleaded guilty to a corruption charge, admitting that she demanded and received $1,600 worth of Broadway tickets from a vendor who had a contract with the agency.

Milan was fired as vice president and general manager of bus and light rail operations after she was indicted in February. She faces three to five years in prison when sentenced.

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