A former Newark police officer was sentenced to nine years in prison over her role in a kickback scheme at the Newark Watershed Conservation and Development Corporation, acting U.S. Attorney Rachael Honig announced Thursday.
A jury convicted Janell Robinson on one count of conspiracy to defraud the public organization, two counts of mail fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit extortion.
Starting in March 2010, Robinson used an LLC she controlled to direct roughly $50,000 to former NWCDC Executive Director Linda Watkins Brashear. In exchange, the NWCDC paid Robinson’s firm roughly $289,000 over a period of just over three years.
The former officer was also ordered to pay $288,950 in restitution to the NWCDC.
U.S. Attorney’s Office Special Prosecutions Division senior trial counsel Leslie Schwartz represented the government. Rasheedah Terry, of the Terry Law Group, represented Robinson.