Six Former Managers of Big Dig Supplier Convicted for Delivering Non-Specification Concrete
On August 3, Robert Prosperi of Lynnfield, Massachusetts, Gregory A. Stevenson of Furlong, Pennsylvania, John J. Farrar of Canterbury, Connecticut, and Marc Blais of Lynn, Massachusetts, were convicted of conspiracy and fraud charges following a three week trial in U.S. District Court, Boston, Massachusetts. Mr. Prosperi and Mr. Stevenson were convicted of conspiracy to commit highway project fraud and mail fraud, conspiracy to defraud the government with respect to claims and making false statements in connection with highway projects and mail fraud. Mr. Farrar was convicted of conspiracy to commit highway project fraud and mail fraud, and making false statements in connection with highway projects and mail fraud. Mr. Blais was convicted of making false statements in connection with highway projects and mail fraud. On July 8, 2009, Gerard M. McNally of Rockland, Massachusetts, and Keith Thomas, of Billerica, Massachusetts, each pled guilty to five counts of fraud on a federal highway project, five counts of mail fraud, one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, and one count of conspiracy to submit false claims. All six individuals, who were in managerial positions in the Aggregate Industries (AI) concrete division, were convicted of fraud and related offenses for engaging in a scheme to provide approximately 5,000 truckloads of concrete that did not meet specifications to Big Dig contracts between 1996 and 2005. Sentencing is scheduled for November. The investigation was conducted by DOT/OIG, the Massachusetts State Police, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation and prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts with assistance from the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General.