A judge sentenced Maher Khalil, a zoning board and health and human services official for his part in the bribery scheme. He was arrested along with more than 40 others in 2009. Three-fourths of the defendants have pleaded guilty or been convicted.
Khalil was the first defendant to plead guilty. He admitted taking money from Solomon Dwek, an informant posing as a corrupt developer, for introducing him to other public officials and city council candidates.
His plea deal called for a sentence of 70 to 87 months. Khalil’s attorney had sought one year of house arrest because of his cooperation but received 30 months.