Construction Company Admits Fraud

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Demolition at the Deutsche Bank building in lower Manhattan. Demolition at the Deutsche Bank building in lower Manhattan. (Steven Ehrlich)

Bob Hennelly, WNYC's contributing editor for politics and investigations, talks about the construction company that agreed to pay $56 million in fines yesterday, after admitting to widespread fraud.


Bob Hennelly

Comments [10]

Renter from East village

Jose the inspector has described a system that is rotten at the top. Corrupt politicians and their appointees at city agencies dictate who ,what and. where there will be enforcement and violations issued. Media attention goes to the crimes of the big players when millions of dollars or falling cranes make good headlines. The same selective enforcement of BOB and HPD regulations goes on hourly every day in construction in occupied residential buildings. In this case thousands of NY tenants and owners in residential buildings are exposed to safety and health hazards from exactly all the things Jose said. But that is housing policy in NY that the media ignores. The use of untrained workers and lack of inspectors ability to issue stop work orders happens when a real estate firm has bought protection through paid off politicians. Nothing new here. Real estate money talks- very loud.

Apr. 25 2012 10:55 AM

"...BLL was shady, but what cconatruction company isn't...?"

That's the problem, right there. Folks in this business see operating outside the law as an accepted practice, because, heck, everyone in the biz does it. very sad.

Apr. 25 2012 10:42 AM
~anonymous from brooklyn

Dear WNYC:

I work for a NYC local government agency, in construction supervision, very similar to BLL contract on various government projects.
I do everything related to construction supervision at the nyc local agency as a civil servant, including processing many requisitions, a.k.a., payments submitted and for processing.

I.also worked in private sector as well.

I don't believe blame belong all on BLL.
May be BLL was shady, but what cconatruction company isn't...?

There is a unit called labor law at each city agency that is supposed to enforce all prevailing wages laws per ny state. It seems, this unit didn't supervise BLL contracts & requisitions...?

In addition, there are many documents to prepare and record on each contract. Where were supervision from each agency over BLL's work...? Or those who were assigned overlooked...? It happens..., unfortunately, in fact, I'm re-doing several requisitions others had done at the agency now. It is unbelievable, of the missing information.

It seems strange that, all blame goes to BBL, while there are great many barriers w/in the system to prevent what is depicted by this law suit case decision, unfortunately.


Apr. 25 2012 10:26 AM

how is this not just organized crime for the 21st century? Today, they just do it with incorporated entities instead of under the table.

Apr. 25 2012 10:21 AM

Why does it always take a decade to figure out this much fraud? And I'm thinking of the data contract with the city.

Apr. 25 2012 10:17 AM

Brian mused "why is there only one contractor working with the city."
cause its all corrupt! We probably need 7 gvt panels to investigate over billing and waste.

Apr. 25 2012 10:16 AM
Tyler from Newark

Sounds like Halliburton...

Apr. 25 2012 10:16 AM
fuva from Harlemworld

Ray Kelly for mayor? C'mon. What's with NYers and naked emperors?

Apr. 25 2012 10:12 AM

isn't this what the mob used to do for us? except they took care of the firefighters. Bovis just let them burn. sad.

Apr. 25 2012 10:11 AM
fuva from Harlemworld

Abadie must go to jail.

Apr. 25 2012 10:07 AM

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