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Painter Admits to Paying $860K in Bribes

Friday, November 8, 2013

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The 77-year-old owner of several Connecticut painting and contracting businesses has admitted to paying more than $860,000 in bribes to a public housing authority.

Harry P. Miconi, of West Haven, pleaded guilty Wednesday (Nov. 6) in federal court to one count of conspiracy to commit bribery in connection with a program receiving federal funds, according to an announcement by Acting U.S. Attorney Deirdre M. Daly.

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U.S. District Court District of Connecticut

Harry P. Miconi pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of conspiracy to commit bribery. He faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison.

Miconi faces a maximum prison term of five years on the charge. Under terms of his plea bargain, Miconi agreed to pay $862,563 in restitution.

Sentencing in the case is set for Jan. 29, 2014.

The Pay-offs

Between January 2007 and February 2012, prosecutors said, Miconi and his businesses made a series of corrupt payments to a senior-level official at West Haven Housing Authority and Four Star Development Company LLC, an entity owned and controlled by that official.

Miconi owned and operated several businesses, including Harry Miconi Painter LLC and P and K Contractor LLC.

In return for the illegal pay-offs, the senior official directed millions of dollars in business for or with the West Haven Housing Authority and its two affiliates, Meadow Landing and Spring Heights, authorities said.

HUD
HUD

The West Haven Housing Authority provides housing assistance to low-income residents through a variety of U.S. HUD programs.

The housing authority provides housing assistance to low-income residents through various U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) programs, including Low Rent Public Housing and Housing Choice Voucher Program-Section 8.

Retired Housing Director

The housing official was not identified in court documents; however, local reports have identified him as retired former West Haven Housing Authority Executive Director Michael Siwek.

Siwek is listed as manager of Four Star Development Company LLC in a database maintained by the Connecticut Secretary of the State.

Siwek, who retired in summer 2012 amid ongoing FBI investigations, has not been charged in the case.

In June 2012, the city received a HUD Financial Assessment that looked into financial practices at the West Haven Housing Authority, according to a local NBC affiliate.

"WHHA's viability is at risk due to the agency's poor financial condition, which is the result of a lack of internal controls over spending and a series of unsound management decisions," according to the report.

Ongoing Investigation

Daly said the federal investigation was ongoing.

The case is being investigated by the HUD Office of Inspector General, FBI, and Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation.

   

Tagged categories: Business matters; Contractors; Criminal acts; Ethics; Government; Government contracts; Housing; Painters

Comment from Tom Schwerdt, (11/8/2013, 8:13 AM)

Okay, so the guy who paid the bribes is going to jail - and the guy who TOOK the bribes and misdirected millions of dollars in public money isn't even named in the court documents, let alone charged? Crazy.


Comment from Karl Judt, (11/8/2013, 1:17 PM)

I have a feeling his day in court is coming right up-unless he dies first!


Comment from Robert Miconi, (7/17/2014, 7:55 PM)

All the facts are not available,but the manipulation of an official at at weak characters vice is predatory.Whom else may have been doing Miconi's dirty work.the police had no clue as to this plot? and amid all the complaints by other bidders that were heard??? give an inch take a mile,bribes are a part of government sad but true.If miconi did not like you would he yield municipal juice?I could answer that personally.his juice has gone dry now,but how much misery has been inflicted to how many?


Comment from Jan Peterson, (7/21/2014, 2:46 PM)

"bribes are a part of government sad but true." Something's rotten, and it ain't in Denmark.


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