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Guilty plea in NYC for ex-Port Authority lawyer

March 8, 2014
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — A former deputy general counsel at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has pleaded guilty in New York to submitting a falsified retainer letter.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance says Friday Christopher Hartwyk supplied a letter supposedly signed by a partner at a corporate law firm in 2009 that incorrectly stated the Port Authority would get a 15 percent discount for legal services. They say Hartwyk knew the firm never agreed to the lower rate.

The 53-year-old Essex, N.J., man pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree offering a false instrument for filing. Information for his attorney wasn't immediately available.

The Port Authority's inspector general discovered the forged letter granting the cheaper billing rates.

A Port Authority spokesman didn't immediately return a message seeking comment.



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