PITTSBURGH - The former vice president of an Indiana development company will spend 18 months in federal prison. A judge sentenced him this week for taking $766,000 in kickbacks to get a Pittsburgh-area construction firm to work on two mall projects.
Fifty-five-year-old Mark Palombaro, of Carmel, Ind., was sentenced Monday by a federal judge in Pittsburgh.
Palombaro previously pleaded guilty to mail fraud for convincing his former company, Simon Properties Group, to hire R.E. Crawford Construction for the mall projects in Seattle and Laguna Hills, Calif.
Crawford is based in the Pittsburgh suburb of Springdale. The company's owner, Robert Crawford, was previously sentenced to 4 years' probation, including a year of house arrest, for paying the kickbacks and padding bills to Simon Properties by roughly $3.3 million. Crawford has repaid that money.
Palombaro and his attorney declined comment. He'll report to prison in a few weeks.