An architect was convicted of tax evasion for accepting $100,000 in kickbacks from a contractor responsible for construction of a $16 million housing complex in Bayonne, N.J.Avelino Sambade, 50, was the architect commissioned for the $16 million Thomas W. Zito housing complex in Bayonne.
According to the indictment, Sambade accepted kickbacks from August 2003 to August 2006. Sambade had the ability to authorize payments to the project’s general contractor. Testimony alleged Sambade demanded $300,000 in cash payments to make the Zito housing project run smoothly.
Sambade faces up to three years in prison and a fine of up to $100,000.
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