New Jersey Business Manager Pleads Guilty in Bribery Scheme

For more than a year, the scandals at Northern New Jersey’s International Union of Operating Engineers Local 825 have piled up, claiming convictions along the way.  Add the name Kenneth P. Campbell to the list.  On Tuesday, October 7, Campbell, formerly the local’s business manager, pleaded guilty to five counts of embezzlement and three counts of conspiracy to receive unlawful payments.  It was part of a broader bribery and expenditure scandal uncovered by federal investigators.  “Campbell and his cronies were simply greedy and corrupt,” said U.S. Attorney Christopher J. Christie.  “They treated Local 825 like a personal piggy bank to raid at will to treat themselves to luxuries at the expense of the dues-paying members they ripped off.”


Campbell, 57, a resident of Basking Ridge, N.J., used his position to engage in a conspiracy to squeeze “donations” from local contractors.