From the NY Times:
A longtime New York Fire Department employee who supervised safety inspections of day care centers pleaded guilty on Friday to accepting thousands of dollars in bribes from operators who took part in a program that subsidizes day care costs for low-income parents.
The employee, Carlos Montoya, 54, entered his plea in Federal District Court in Manhattan less than a month after his arrest in a continuing investigation of what the authorities have said was a $1 million fraud and bribery scheme involving corrupt city employees and day care operators.
Mr. Montoya, who was responsible for certifying that day care centers complied with fire safety standards, admitted in court that he took money in exchange for creating fraudulent temporary certificates of occupancy for the centers.
When the judge, Paul G. Gardephe, asked whether he had accepted the payments with the intent of being “influenced or rewarded” with respect to his official duties, Mr. Montoya responded, “Yes.”
A federal prosecutor, Harris Fischman, told the judge that fraud amounting to tens of thousands of dollars could be directly attributed to Mr. Montoya’s part in the scheme.