SMITHTOWN, N.Y. (AP) -- A former Long Island building inspector is accused of taking bribes from developers.
Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota says former Smithtown chief inspector Robert Bonerba is part of a broadening investigation. He held the position from 1988 until retiring last year.
Bonerba was arraigned Tuesday on a 42-count indictment that includes bribery, coercion and conspiracy.
The DA says the alleged bribes were designed to speed up inspections and to improperly obtain certificates of occupancy and other building approvals.
Bonerba's lawyer says his client was a ``diligent, hardworking and reliable'' inspector. Attorney Anthony M. La Pinta says he is conducting his own probe into the allegations.
Bonerba faces more than 20 years in prison if convicted.
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