COMMERCIAL REFRIGERATION COMPANY AND EXECUTIVE INDICTED FOR RIGGING BIDS ON CONTRACTS TO SAFEWAY GROCERY STORES IN ARIZONA
On August 14, 2007, the DOJ announced that a federal grand jury in Phoenix returned an indictment charging a commercial refrigeration company and its co-owner with participating in a conspiracy to rig bids on contracts for the installation of commercial refrigeration equipment in Safeway Inc. grocery stores in the Phoenix metropolitan area.
The indictment, filed in the U.S. District Court in Phoenix, charged Alliance Mechanical LLC and its co-owner Kendall Pope, with participating in the conspiracy, which began in January 2005 and continued until May 16, 2005. At the time of the conspiracy, Mr. Pope also served as president of Alliance Mechanical LLC, a company engaged in the installation of commercial refrigeration in the Phoenix metropolitan area and elsewhere. Mr. Pope allegedly participated in the conspiracy with James Govostes, a former manager of another commercial refrigeration company.