Crane Inspector Sentenced for Bribery

Wednesday, Jun 16, 2010  |  Updated 12:45 PM EDT
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Crane Inspector Sentenced for Bribery

New York City's former chief crane inspector James Delayo admitted to accepting bribes.

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New York City's former chief crane inspector has received two to six years in prison for taking more than $10,000 in payoffs to fake inspection and licensing exam results.

James Delayo apologized at his sentencing in a Manhattan court Wednesday. He commended other inspectors for their work and said they didn't "deserve the bad publicity I brought them.''

Delayo had pleaded guilty to receiving bribes earlier this year.

He admitted taking bribes from 2000 to 2008 to file paperwork indicating a Long Island crane company had passed inspections that hadn't occurred.

The charges against Delayo -- filed in 2008 -- stemmed from a crackdown on corruption in the construction industry that began after two deadly crane collapses that killed nine people.

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