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PROBATION ORDERED IN TRASH BRIBERY CASE

A former acting supervisor in the city Street Sanitation Department who solicited thousands of dollars in bribes for making unauthorized trash pickups will be on probation for the next five years.

Matthew J. Rainero, 50, a former supervisor of the city's "pick and pay" trash removal program, also will pay $3,300 in restitution, FBI officials said Tuesday.

The Buffalo resident pleaded guilty in Erie County Court in June to two felony counts of attempted bribe-receiving following a lengthy FBI investigation into irregularities in the city program.

Rainero was sentenced by Judge Michael Pietruszka.

FBI agents targeted Rainero in a sting operation -- offering him $3,300 in bribes -- after they were told Rainero and other city workers were using the trash pickup program to solicit payoffs. A former co-worker of Rainero's, Steven Iraci, 43, was sentenced earlier this month in U.S. District Court to three years' probation.

Buffalo FBI spokesman Paul M. Moskal said the corruption probe is continuing but declined to speculate whether charges will be filed against anyone else.

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