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How the alleged scheme worked
by Jane Flasch
The contracts at the center of Wednesdays indictments involve just over $312 million dollars of taxpayer money. While there are some allegations of grand larceny, there is no allegation that millions were stolen.
Together the defendants are accused of providing inside information to certain companies to give them an unfair advantage over others. According to the indictment Dan Lynch, John Maggio, Nelson Rivera, and Robert Weisner engaged in an on-going scheme to rig bids and some of them benefitted from the proceeds of the contracts.
The men are accused of circumventing the competitive process of awarding bids by:
*misleading other bidders
*changing wording in the requests for bids to give certain corporations competitive advantage
*basing contract awards on criteria that only the favored contractors could meet.
The Attorney Generals Office says Dan Lynch was the center of the alleged collusion. His two companies Seimens Building Technologies and Treadstone Development Corporation are alleged to have received favored treatment.
Another company Navitech which also received these contracts is owned by John Maggio. Maggio, an accountant is accused of money laundering the proceeds.
I think the prosecution is politically motivated, says his attorney David Rothenberg.
Rothenberg points to search warrants executed at his clients offices earlier this year.
They took practically every document that he had. Im not kidding, said Rothenberg.
Theyre on a fishing expedition.
The contracts involved upgrades to the countys security systems.
As Chief Information Officer for Monroe County, Nelson Rivera is accused of drafting four separate requests for bids that benefitted favored vendors between 2004 and 2009, and awarding them to Navitech and others.
Robert Weisner is the husband of Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks. He was also the head of security at the Monroe County Water Authority at the time and is accused of participating in the bid rigging.
It is not alleged he personally benefitted from the alleged scheme.
The 25 count indictment is 30 pages long. Each of the four men pleaded not guilty in court.
Charles Schiano represents Dan Lynch who stood with his wife outside court when it was over. Theyre going to challenge these allegations in court and we look forward to letting everyone know what really happened, said Schiano.