Report: Divorce negotiations lead to Birdsall Indictments

Birdsall Service Group’s marketing director told his estranged wife that his income wasn’t really as high as reported because his bonuses were reimbursements for campaign contributions. The wife was recording the conversation, according to a Star Ledger report on NJ.com.

It was about a year ago that Philip Angarone Jr., then the marketing director of Birdsall Services Group, met with his estranged wife to discuss how much money he was earning. He said he seemed to be making more than he actually was because of the large number of bonuses he had been collecting.Brunei

The bonuses, Angarone explained, were illegal reimbursements for political contributions he had made on behalf of the company.

What Angarone didn’t know was that his wary wife was secretly recording the conversation.

The Star Ledger says they obtained the information from a confidential affidavit filed in state court last week by the State Attorney General’s Office.  Neither the AG’s Office nor the Court released the document.

Birdsall and seven of its current or former executives were indicted last week for making illegal campaign contributions and filing false documents with the Election Law Enforcement Commission.  The firms assets were seized by the AG, under the authority of an order signed by Monmouth County Assignment Judge Lawrence M. Lawson.  The firm filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, seeking to have its bank accounts unfrozen in order to meet payroll and perform engineering services under contract.

Posted: April 1st, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Birdsall Engineering, Crime and Punishment | Tags: , | 7 Comments »

7 Comments on “Report: Divorce negotiations lead to Birdsall Indictments”

  1. TheDigger said at 11:24 am on April 1st, 2013:

    Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. With Phil in jail (assuming he goes there), how will his estranged wife handle the finances then?

    Wonder if she thought he was seeing someone else on the side with all that money moving around? Hmmmmm.

  2. nbrefugee said at 11:31 am on April 1st, 2013:

    With the Birdsall indictments and a new prosecutor coming into Middlesex County, are the boys at CME Associates looking over their shoulders?

  3. Barry said at 12:18 pm on April 1st, 2013:

    Presuming this is not some elaborate April Fools prank, the wife’s move may have backfired since all salaries have stopped due to the freezing of assets. And he was a fool because if he and the wife are estranged how is admitting to illegality going to help your situation.

  4. @Barry said at 1:37 pm on April 1st, 2013:

    You hit the nail on the head. Unfortunately, the wife gets hurt here even though she turned the scoundrels in. Less income, less alimony, even though she probably deserves a bonus herself.


    Me thinks the shredders are going on overtime at CME and the hard drives are being wiped 🙂

  5. Good point, said at 9:27 pm on April 1st, 2013:

    am sure if one firm was creatively trying to work around pay to play, the rest probably were,too. Hope we have some firms left to do all the needed work when this all shakes out! Let’s face it, often, in government, the next set of over- reacting laws are simply a knee- jerk, self-protection, from the last bunch of offenders. As with most things: taxes, tips, on-or-off the books, we often can all be as guilty as those we seek to disparage and take down.

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  7. Jack said at 8:17 am on July 12th, 2013:

    Oops! What did the wife think would happen. It was silly of him to admit that to his wife too. If it was true wouldn’t he have been paying tax on these bonuses making the illegal campaign contributions even more expensive.