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CONTRACTOR PLEADS GUILTY TO MISLEADING LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS IN ONGOING ANTITRUST INVESTIGATION

On April 8, 2009, Stephen E. McAnulty, a former owner of an asbestos monitoring contractor that provided services to New York Presbyterian Hospital (“NYPH”), pled guilty to making false statements to agents and representatives of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division.
According to the charge, Mr. McAnulty lied to law enforcement officials that he did not have any knowledge of anybody at NYPH receiving kickbacks in return for asbestos monitoring and asbestos removal contracts at NYPH. Mr. McAnulty, in fact, had negotiated kickbacks with a purchasing official at NYPH so that NYPH would use his company’s asbestos removal services. The kickbacks to the purchasing official amounted to $28,000.

This case arose from an ongoing antitrust investigation relating to contracts administered by Facilities Operations Department and Engineering Department at NYPH and in the Engineering Department at Mount Sinai. A couple of weeks ago, two Connecticut residents Mariusz Debowski and Krzysztof Koczon pled guilty to for his role in a conspiracy to defraud the Internal Revenue Service. In April 2008, Aaron S. Weiner, of Aaron Weiner Construction Inc., pled guilty for acting as a conduit for a million dollar kickback scheme to defraud the NYPH. In 2007, two other people Michael Theodorobeakos and Michale Vignola and their respective companies Monosis Inc and Mister AC Ltd. pled guilty to conspiring to rig bids on various services provided to the NYPH.

Andre Barlow

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