Former Atlantic City Inspector Sentenced To Prison For Taking Bribes
A former Atlantic City inspector was sentenced to state prison today for accepting cash bribes from a taxi operator and operators of massage parlors and “stress therapy centers.”
Logan F. Holt, Jr., was sentenced to five years in state prison, including two years of parole ineligibility. Holt pleaded guilty this past summer to a second-degree charge of official misconduct. Holt is now permanently barred from public employment in New Jersey.
Holt was an inspector with the Atlantic City Department of Licenses and Inspections, Mercantile Department, from 2002 until 2012. In pleading guilty, Holt admitted that in April, 2010, he accepted an $800 cash bribe from a taxi operator, and in return, appeared in municipal court that same day to request that the court dismiss two tickets that had been issued to the taxi operator for violations involving the condition of his vehicle. The count of the indictment to which Holt pleaded guilty also charges that in May, 2010, he accepted a $250 payment from the same taxi operator for allowing his cab to pass its annual city vehicle inspection.
The state’s investigation revealed that, in addition to the incidents to which he pleaded guilty, Holt accepted cash bribes from owners and operators of several “stress therapy” and massage businesses on Atlantic and Pacific Avenues in return for refraining from enforcing ordinances and regulations governing the operation of those businesses.