In addition to bribing an employee of a large demolition company in the southeast Michigan He violated state law on contracts when employees of an air surveillance company he also owned did rework on homes where he had removed asbestos and made hundreds of thousands of dollars.
“While the complexity of this suspected financial crime cannot go unnoticed, I am grateful for the thorough work of my prosecutors and those in the office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program,” said Nessel.
For the next four years, BBEK was chosen frequently to do mitigation work for Adamo Group after Woods bribed Aradondo Haskins – an employee of the company – which allowed Woods to land contracts.
After the reduction was complete, air monitoring companies HC Consulting Services and Green Way Environmental performed post-work quality checks. Both companies are also owned by Woods and have made $ 400,000 in profits.
However, state law mandates that all post-reduction air quality checks must be performed by an independent third party separate from the subcontractor. Forest injured this rule for years.
“The law requiring air quality monitors to be independent of those who remove asbestos and other hazardous materials is critical to protecting the health and safety of Michigan communities. SIGTARP commends Michigan Attorney General Nettle for helping us stands by to prosecute this alleged violation of this law combined with bribery, “said Christy Goldsmith Romero, TARP’s Special Inspector General.
In addition, Woods allegedly forged project costs, which reduced the amount of money he owed the state licensing agency. He had to transfer 1% of the project costs to the Asbestos Removal Fund under the Asbestos Control Company Licensing Act, but devalued the projects he was working on by up to 50% to avoid paying.
A forensic review of the crimes revealed that he had defrauded the state of $ 26,000 in fees.
Woods turned into an agency on Tuesday and was indicted Wednesday morning. They include:
- Four US $ 100,000 false positives, a 20 year crime;
- A false scam count between $ 1,000 and $ 20,000, a five year crime;
- A count of money laundering, a 10 year crime; and
- A bribe count by an agent or employee, a year long offense
Haskins, who took bribes from Woods, was charged by the federal government with manipulating offers made to another contractor. He pleaded guilty to a conspiracy to have committed bribery and fraud with honest service. He has since served prison term.