Ex-Official Gets Prison Term for Taking $1.2M in Kickbacks

A former Veterans Affairs Department employee who accepted more than $1.2 million in kickbacks has been sentenced to nearly four years in federal prison.

Prosecutors say Jarod Machinga received a 46-month sentence on Tuesday. The 45-year-old Hopewell man also will have to serve a year of supervised release once he's freed from prison.

Machinga was a supervisory engineer at the VA's East Orange campus who had the authority and influence to direct certain construction contracts to particular companies.

Prosecutors say Machinga and another person set up three companies that could be used to obtain VA work, including one that Machinga falsely claimed was owned and controlled by a service-disabled veteran.

He then directed more than $6 million worth of VA construction projects to those companies.

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