D.A. Vance Announces Guilty Pleas in $15M Bloomberg LP and Turner Construction Bid-Rigging and Commercial Bribery Conspiracy

October 6, 2020

Executives Will Be Sentenced to State Prison Time

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the guilty pleas of former Bloomberg LP executives ANTHONY GUZZONE, Head of Global Construction, and MICHAEL CAMPANA, Construction Manager, for conspiring with former Turner Construction Company executives RONALD OLSON, Vice President and Account Executive, and VITO NIGRO, Project Superintendent, to steal more than $15 million from Bloomberg LP through inflated subcontractor bids, fictitious work orders and change orders, and misappropriation of unused subcontractor allowance funds.

Today, NIGRO pleaded guilty to Grand Larceny in the 1stDegree, following OLSON’s Wednesday plea to Grand Larceny in the 1stDegree. Both were promised sentences of no more than 3-to-9 years in state prison, with a minimum of 1-to-3 years in state prison, to be determined by the presiding judge. Previously, GUZZONE pleaded guilty to Grand Larceny in the 1stDegree with a promised sentence of 3-to-9 years in state prison, and CAMPANA pleaded guilty to Money Laundering in the 3rdDegree with a promised sentence of 1 year jail and $239,800 in restitution.

“All of the executives indicted in this scheme will serve jail time thanks to the efforts and expertise of prosecutors in our Rackets Bureau,” said District Attorney Vance. “The integrity of New York City’s construction industry is threatened by pay-to-play corruption, which drives up costs and can drive down quality. Our Office is determined to hold accountable those who stand in the way of honest competition by cheating instead of playing fair.”

As charged in the indictments and admitted in the defendants’ guilty pleas, the conspiracy centered on interior construction work for Bloomberg LP offices at 120 Park Avenue and 919 Third Avenue. Inside information on highly prized contracts was passed to subcontractors to help them secure bids for lucrative interior construction jobs. As part of the extensive and complex conspiracy, the defendants filed falsified documents including phony invoices and purchase orders to inflate their budgets, as well as falsified applications for status as a Women’s Business Enterprise to help secure bids. In exchange for help securing contracts, subcontractors provided the former Bloomberg and Turner executives with cash bribes and incentives including vacations and home renovations.

Thus far, 22 of the various subcontracting company owners, executives, and vendors charged with furthering the conspiracy by paying commercial bribes, engaging in bid-rigging, falsifying business records, and laundering the criminal proceeds of the schemes, have pleaded guilty to their role in the conspiracies and paid approximately $8.8 million in restitution.

As a result of the D.A.’s Office’s investigation, CAMPANA, NIGRO, OLSON, and GUZZONE were also convicted of federal tax crimes by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.

Assistant D.A.s Christopher Beard and James Hanley are handling the prosecution of the case under the supervision of Assistant D.A.s Michael Ohm, Deputy Chief of the Rackets Bureau; Judy Salwen, Principal Deputy Chief of the Rackets Bureau, and Jodie Kane, Chief of the Rackets Bureau, as well as Executive Assistant D.A. Christopher Conroy, Chief of the Investigation Division. Computer Forensics Analyst Ryan Lawrence, and Principal Financial Investigator Michael Kelly assisted with the investigation.

District Attorney Vance thanked the New York State Police Superintendent Keith M. Corlett and the members of the Special Investigations Unit for their assistance with the investigation, as well as the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office’s Corruption Bureau, the New Jersey State Police, the Wilton (CT) Police Department, and the New York City School Construction Authority.  

District Attorney Vance also thanked Bloomberg LP and Turner Construction for their assistance