Federal investigators are looking into the sale of scrap metal for cash in the Public Facilities Department. On Thursday FBI agents were reportedly seen interviewing department employees. Word of advice, don’t lie to the FBI. Not worth the grief covering up for a buddy or a political sacred cow. It’s a federal crime to provide false information to a federal investigator.
Oftentimes defense mechanisms kick in when a federal investigator asks questions. Agents, if they haven’t already, need to establish federal protocol for how the money was taken in, who was involved and where the money went.
John Ricci, an ally of the Mayor Joe Ganim, runs Public Facilities, a super agency that oversees sanitation, street paving, parks, engineering and airport. Joe Tiago, who recently closed his Downtown bar after a series of violent flareups over the past few years, serves as deputy director.
Documents reviewed by Hearst Media report over $35,500 worth of cash-for-scrap transactions at Bridgeport-based P.C. Metals.
Ganim told the CT Post:
“Everyone has an obligation to cooperate with law enforcement. There is no gray area here … If there’s public money missing, it’s got to be acted on by law enforcement.”