White Collar Political Corruption can't be stopped by letting the perps skate
Man Gets Probation In Bidding Scheme
February 2, 2007
By EDMUND H. MAHONY, Courant Staff Writer
A Branford man was sentenced to probation Thursday for lying to FBI agents about a scheme to rig a contract to renovate state offices at Union Station in New Haven.
Frederick "Fritz" Kelly, 51, got two years of probation from U.S. District Judge Mark R. Kravitz, who also ordered him to complete 75 hours of community service and to pay $3,000 to the state, the amount he received for his role in the bidding scheme.
During an earlier court appearance, Kelly admitted that he lied to FBI agents who questioned him twice during an investigation of corrupt dealings connected to work in 2003 and 2004 on state Department of Transportation offices on the fourth floor of the train station.
Kelly eventually admitted that he was asked by Raymond Cox, the state's assistant rail administrator, to prepare two fake bids for the renovation job. Information presented in court shows that Cox told him to make sure the two bids were higher than one submitted by Merritt Builders, the company to which corrupt state bureaucrats planned to steer the renovation contract.
The bids were supposed to create the impression that Merritt and its owner, Louis Testa, won the contract through a legitimate competitive process.
Federal prosecutors say Kelly submitted the phony bids and later revised them to higher amounts on instructions from Cox and fellow state employee Saverio "Sonny" Sereno. The higher bids were supposed to keep Merritt looking like a bargain, even though it had increased the cost of its work through contract change orders.
Cox arranged for Kelly to be paid $3,000 for preparing the bids. The money came from Merritt, which charged the sum to the state as part of the renovation costs. During his initial FBI interviews, Kelly admitted preparing fake bids, but denied receiving anything in return.
Sereno pleaded guilty in July to stealing money from government programs subsidized by federal funds and was sentenced in December to three years of probation. In addition, he was fined $2,000 and ordered to pay $6,403 to the state.
Louis Testa pleaded guilty in October to one count of subscribing to a false tax return. His sentencing is set for March 2.
Cox was sentenced in October to two months in prison, fined $3,000 and ordered to pay $925. He pleaded guilty to theft from a federally subsidized program and obstruction of justice.
Contact Edmund H. Mahony at email@example.com.
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Judges have more power to abuse more people and decide more financial issues than did Kings in Medieval times.
Kings have no oversight, and neither do modern judges in America. They can do as they please. We do not have a representative government in America if Judges are not accountable for their actions.
If a doctor cuts off the wrong leg on a patient he or she could face criminal and civil penalties.
If a citizens steals a candy bar from a candy store. It could technically land the citizen in jail.
Judge do the equivalent of cutting off massive amounts of legs, poking out eyes, and causing mass mayhem.
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