FREEHOLD – A Middlesex County contractor was sentenced to probation and banned from public contracting for five-years. The sentence comes after he admitted he tried to bribe a Monmouth County employee, announced Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

Madhu Rajan, 42, of Jefferson Boulevard in Edison and owner of Silverlands Services, Inc., was sentenced to two years of probation by Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Ronald Lee Reisner.

Rajan admitted in January that in June 2015, he was in the process of completing work on a public contract awarded by Monmouth County to replace heating and air conditioning units on the rooftop of the Special Services Building when he offered a county employee money in exchange for his assistance.

Rajan admitted the money was intended to get the county employee to help accelerate a payment application submitted by Silverlands Services, Inc., and to provide Rajan with documents pertaining to previous public bids. The county employee did not accept the bribe and reported the matter to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office. Rajan was arrested after sending an associate to meet with the county employee to deliver the bribe money, which Rajan had concealed in a children’s coloring book.

Rajan pleaded guilty on January 15th, to one count of third degree Bribery in Official and Political Matters. As part of the sentence, Rajan and any business in which he holds a five percent or more interest is barred from public contracting in New Jersey for five years.

The case was handled by Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Melanie Falco.

Rajan is represented by Tara Walsh, Esq., of Ocean Township.

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