February 25, 2009

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Former school district purchasing head going to prison

WHITE PLAINS – A former head of purchasing at the Mount Vernon City School District was sentenced Tuesday to two terms of 3½ to seven years in state prison, to run concurrently, on his conviction after trial to bribe taking and official misconduct.

Arthur Rose, 50, of Mount Vernon, was convicted of soliciting and accepting a bribe of $10,000 to donate to his church from a vendor of custodial supplies in exchange for future business, which was later awarded.

He also accepted a $3,500 bridge from a sales representative of Ricoh Americas Corporation for his assurance the company would receive a five year contract from the school district for 73 digital copiers, support products and related services. Based on his recommendation, the district awarded the contract with a cost of over $1 million.

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