One-time PennDOT executive charged with felony for accepting bribes

Andrew Kramer
June 04, 2018 - 8:29 pm
A former PennDOT executive was charged for soliciting and accepting bribes in exchange for contracts, according to the state Attorney General's Office.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A former PennDOT executive was charged for soliciting and accepting bribes in exchange for contracts, according to the state Attorney General's Office.

Nicholas Martino, 53, was charged with conflict of interest of restricted activities for accepting payments from a contractor with the state transportation agency.

Attorney General Josh Shapiro said for many years, Martino kept the contractor under contract, even when no work was being done by them. In that case, Martino would simply "look the other way."

This investigation dates back to 2013.

Officials said Martino even had an inspector fired at one point for not approving work that was never even done by the contractor.

Shapiro called this situation the "definition of public corruption."

Martino served as PennDOT's assistant district executive for eight years. Bail was set at $10,000 unsecured.