NEWARK, NJ - A New Jersey Transit vendor who is a New Providence resident admitted Wednesday to paying bribes to a New Jersey Transit employee to obtain landscaping contracts, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced. 
 
Raymond Rapuano, 47, of New Providence, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge William H. Walls in Newark federal court to an information charging him with one count of bribery.
 
According to documents in this case and statements made in court:
 
Prior to March 2012, Rapuano had provided an individual who worked for New Jersey Transit $3,500 in bribe payments for the purpose of obtaining work for a landscape company, RA Landscape & Design (RA), for which Rapuano worked. Around April 2012, Rapuano agreed to give NJ Transit employees 13 percent of the value of any work awarded by NJ Transit to RA. Rapuano paid an NJ Transit employee a total of $2,000 for $22,000 worth of work awarded to RA by NJ Transit.

The bribery charge to which Rapuano pleaded guilty carries a maximum potential penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for March 18, 2015.