New Jersey Business Agent Sentenced for Bribery, Thefts

Kenneth Campbell had a comfortable arrangement:  accepting bribes from building contractors to buy labor “peace” and using his union’s American Express card to charge a wide range of high-end merchandise for his personal use.  The former business manager for International Union of Operating Engineers Local 825 knows more than ever the fun wasn’t worth it.  On January 27, Campbell, standing before U.S. District Judge Stanley R. Chesler, received a 46-month prison sentence plus a restitution order of nearly $250,000 and a fine of $40,000 for engaging in a pattern of corruption at the 7,000-member northern New Jersey construction local.  He had pleaded guilty in October to three counts of conspiracy to receive unlawful labor payments and five counts of embezzlement.


Prosecutors charged that Campbell, 57, a resident of Basking Ridge, N.J., ran the union as his personal fiefdom, pocketing bribes from contractors