By: Michael P. Rellahan
Christopher Carusone is mentioned in a Daily Local News article in regard to the firm’s representation of Michael Boffo and Nikolas McKinnon in the Mariner East pipeline bribery case. The security contractors were facing charges of conspiracy, bribery, and related offenses.
WEST CHESTER — Two security officials who worked on the Mariner East Pipeline construction project in Chester and Delaware counties have taken a step toward having the criminal charges filed against them by local prosecutors erased in the so-called “buy-a-badge” scheme.
On Tuesday, Common Pleas Judge Edward Griffith accepted the applications of Michael Boffo and Nikolas McKinnon to enter the county’s Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) program, an alternative sentencing program for first-time non-violent offenders.
Under the terms of their ARD agreement, the two men—who both worked for North Carolina-based security firm TigerSwan—can complete the program if they do not work for security firms in Pennsylvania during the next 12 months; have no contact with the other defendants in the case; and give truthful testimony against any of the two remaining co-defendants in the case, a pair of state constables who worked on the pipeline project as security guards.