Today, the Manhattan D.A.’s office indicted Donald Russo and Bar Electrical Consulting, Inc. for their alleged role in a construction bribery scheme. The indictments follow a three-year investigation into bribery and fraud in the electrical contracting industry that has resulted in charges being brought against more than 15 companies and 17 individuals, some of whom have already pleaded guilty.
Mr. Russo allegedly engaged in a bribery scheme that steered millions of dollars of business from Unity Electrical Company, of which he was the purchasing agent, to electrical supply companies. He created Bar Electrical as a shell company to accept the bribes, according to the D.A.’s office. Mr. Russo and Bar Electrical have been charged with grand larceny in the second degree, falsifying business records in the first degree, offering a false instrument for filing in the first degree, criminal tax fraud in the fourth degree and commercial bribe receiving in the second degree. Read More