PRINCETON, NJ -- A Princeton Township supervisor and an Edison-based contractor are now facing criminal charges in connection with an illegal dumping and bribery scheme.  Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri announced on Friday that the owner of a construction company has been charged with bribing a Princeton Township supervisor.

On Friday, September 6, a summons complaint was signed charging Pantelis Kounelias, 64, with one count of second-degree bribery.  Kounelias is the owner of V & K Construction in Edison, NJ. The complaint alleges that between July 1, 2018, and August 31, 2018, Kounelias paid a Princeton Township supervisor approximately $3,000 in bribes to allow him to dump excavated soil from a water park project at the Princeton Sewer Operating Committee yard on River Road in Princeton.

The Princeton supervisor, Thomas Hughes, 46, of Browns Mills, NJ, also was charged with one count of second-degree bribery in June.  The arrest was not released at the time Hughes’ complaint was filed because of the on-going investigation.

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Kounelias is scheduled to appear in Mercer County Superior Court on September 24.  Hughes’ next court appearance is scheduled for October 16.  

Onofri stated that the charges are the result of an on-going investigation by the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Economic Crime Unit (ECU).   Anyone with information in connection with the case can contact ECU at (609) 989-6365

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