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Indictments in county corruption case
Monroe County, N.Y.-- Bob Wiesner, the husband of Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks is one of four people indicted in an investigation into the use of local development corporations. Wiesner, who also held positions as a Rochester Police Captain, and head of security for the Monroe County Water Authority, accused of two counts of bid-rigging.
Also charged is Nelson Rivera, who was Monroe Countys Chief Information Officer. He resigned his position last month.
At the center of the investigation are allegations of bid rigging involving two separate contracts to upgrade the countys emergency communications systems. The investigation focused on the LDC created by Monroe County (named Upstate Telecommunications Corporation) and whether it allegedly diverted one of the contracts to Navitech Services Corporation.
Also under question is whether that same company was supplied advanced information regarding a second contract worth more than $200-thousand dollars and paid for by taxpayers.
Also indicted are John Maggio, owner of Navitech, and Dan Lynch, a former executive with Siemens Building Technologies. Lynch already faces related criminal charges that he falsified invoices and diverted money to cover the cost of a tent party at the Senior PGA Championship in 2008.
The new indictment centers around a corporation Lynch formed as part of the contract dealings called Treadstone Development Corp.
In her 2005 State of the County address, County Executive Maggie Brooks commended Lynch for bringing individual members of the consortium to the table, and called the deal my technology improvement strategy. She has since called a comptrollers audit of the deal politically motivated.