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Kickbacks to VA official aided firm claiming disabled veterans' preference

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A Department of Veterans Affairs contracting officer accepted nearly $1.3 million in kickbacks to steer construction work to a company falsely claiming a bidding preference reserved for service-disabled veterans, court records show. Jarod Machinga, a supervisory engineer at the veterans hospital in East Orange, N.J., took the payoffs over a five-year period in which he directed about $6.8...