Roger Michael Young, a former managing director of VoIP provider ITXC, which was founded in Princeton in 1997 and has since been acquired, was sentenced during the first week in September to five years of probation, including three months of home confinement and three months in a community confinement center, for his role in a bribery scheme involving telecommunications contracts in Africa.

Young received a reduced sentence based on his cooperation with the ongoing investigation into the bribery scheme, the Department of Justice said in a news release.

On July 21 former ITXC vice president Steven J. Ott of Princeton was sentenced to serve five years probation, including six months in a community confinement center and six months home confinement, and ordered to pay a $10,000 fine. Ott also received a reduced sentence based on his cooperation with the investigation, according to the Department of Justice.

ITXC, its name since changed to VSNL Enterprise Solutions, was acquired by Teleglobe International Holdings in 2004 and was sold to a division of India’s Tatia Group a year later. ITXC, which had employed as many as 260 people at its offices at 750 College Road East, moved to Matawan over a year ago (U.S. 1, March 28, 2007). The company was founded by Tom Evslin, who has not been charged with any wrongdoing, with backing from AT&T (U.S. 1, September 17, 1997).

In March, 2000, ITXC announced an initiative aimed at promoting the use of Internet telephony throughout Africa. In January, 2001, the company announced a deal with Zimbabwe Posts & Telecommunications, and in August, 2001, the company signed a deal with Telkom South Africa to exchange VoIP traffic.

Young and Ott pleaded guilty in July, 2007, in connection with approximately $267,000 in bribes in the form of illegal “commissions” to employees of foreign state-owned telecommunications carriers in several African countries.

A third defendant, Yaw Osei Amoako, of Hillsborough, pleaded guilty in September, 2006, and was sentenced in August, 2007, to 18 months in prison, a $7,500 fine and two years of supervised release following release from prison.

Ott, Young, and Amoako told the court they conspired to make illegal payments to employees of foreign state-owned telecom carriers.

Expansions

Environmental Liability Management Inc., 218 Wall Street, Research Park, Princeton 08540-1512; 609-683-4848; fax, 609-683-0129. Joseph R. Fallon, president. Home page: www.elminc.com.

Environmental Liability Management has signed a five-year agreement to lease 4,680 feet of office space on Emrick Boulevard in Lehigh Valley Industrial Park VI. Company President Joseph Fallon said the firm will open the new office in November with seven employees, adding nine more later.

“The Lehigh Valley we know is one of those areas that has been growing tremendously in the last few years,” Fallon said in a prepared statement. “With the potential there, we want to have a presence in the Lehigh Valley.”

The firm handles brownfield projects and manages Superfund sites, federally mandated cleanup jobs.

The new office reflects Environmental Liability Management’s growth despite a slow economy. Fallon said certain clients, such as developers, may suffer during a downturn, but large companies in constant need of keeping up with government regulations are steadier customers.

In addition to its Wall Street headquarters, the company has offices in Boonton and New York.

Heartland Payment Systems (HPY), 90 Nassau Street, Princeton 08542; 888-798-3131; fax, 609-683-3815. Robert Carr, CEO. www.heartlandpaymentsystems.com.

Heartland Payment Systems, which processes credit card services for such major chains as Citgo, 7-Eleven, and Goodyear Tire stores, has opened a second location at 902 Carnegie Center to accommodate its newly expanded accounting department.

In May Heartland acquired the processing platforms of J.C. Penney and Sears from Dallas-based Alliance Data Systems for approximately $90 million, making Heartland the fifth largest credit card processing service in the country. The acquisition brought Alliance’s 20-person accounting division to Princeton, but Heartland had no room for the division at its Nassau Street headquarters, says CEO Bob Carr.

Heartland also has facilities in Indiana, Texas, Ohio, and Tennessee. The Tennessee site was part of the deal with Alliance, says Carr, who will speak at a Princeton Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting on Wednesday, September 17, one the subject of credit card identity theft (see story, page 45).

Divestiture

Rockwood Holdings (ROC), 100 Overlook Center, Princeton 08540; 609-514-0300; fax, 609-514-8720. Seifi Ghasemi, CEO. Home page: www.rocksp.com.

Rockwood Holdings, a specialty chemicals and advanced materials company with $3 billion in annual sales and 9,500 employees worldwide, has signed an agreement to sell its pool and spa chemicals business to Norwalk, Connecticut-based Arch Chemicals for $130 million in cash.

The business, called Advantis, is based in Alpharetta, Georgia, and manufactures and markets swimming pool, spa, and surface water treatment chemicals. Advantis had net sales of approximately $71 million in 2007.

Crosstown Moves

Opinion Research Corporation (IUSA), 902 Carnegie Center, Suite 220, Box 183, Princeton 08542-0183; 609-452-5400; fax, 609-419-1892. Gerard Miodus, president. www.opinionresearch.com.

Market research firm Opinion Research Corporation has moved its global headquarters from 600 College Road East in Princeton to Carnegie Center.

Opinion Research was bought by Omaha-based infoUSA in 2007, a move that led to a $50 million second quarter for OPC last year and a record $160 million second quarter for infoUSA. Such growth, president Gerard Miodus said in a prepared statement, required Opinion Research move into “a world class facility reflecting the growing stature of our firm.”

The firm has been based in Princeton since 1939 and today employs 55. Annually it polls thousands of people in more than 100 countries to provide information to business and media outlets. It has conducted polls for CNN since April, 2006.

Deaths

George John Robinson, 79, on September 2. He was an editor at the Princeton University Press before training as an analytic psychologist and practicing in New York City, and later, in Princeton.

Earle S. Rommel, 63, on September 3. He was the director of public relations at Rider University.

Dawes Thompson, 84, on September 3. A newspaperman and jazz guitarist, he was also the first public information officer for the Delaware River Basin Commission.

Fannie E. Floyd, 84, on September 3. After working for ETS for some 20 years, Floyd, the wife of James Floyd, former mayor of Princeton Township, devoted herself full time to a large number of area charities. Last June she and her husband were honored with an endowment in their name to provide healthcare at the University Medical Center at Princeton for uninsured and under-insured people.

Theodore G. Tobish, 84, on September 3. He was president of Richcrete Concrete in Cranbury until his retirement.

Terence William O’Connor, 56, on September 4. He was a professor and an administrator at The College of New Jersey.

Francois Y. Maniere, 59, on September 5. A Princeton Junction resident, he was patent director for L’Oreal USA in Clark.

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