Yale employee accused of operating kickback scheme, pleads not guilty

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A 57-year-old Yale employee was indicted last week on charges that he ran a kickback scheme while he was working at the university, the U.S. attorney’s office announced.

According to the indictment, George Dobuzinsky arranged to receive tens of thousands of dollars in kickbacks while he was the project manager responsible for obtaining vendors to complete audio and visual projects on Yale’s campus. Federal authorities said the kickbacks were paid to Dobuzinsky from 2005 to 2013. He took the payments in exchange for awarding the vendors additional work, the indictment alleges.

Dobuzinsky, of Durham, was indicted on June 11 and appeared Monday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Holly B. Fitzsimmons in Bridgeport, entering a not guilty plea to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and three counts of honest services wire fraud. He was released on $300,000 bond.

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