Subcontractors busted for $100K in Sandy fraud
Two subcontractors who removed debris during the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy have been indicted for cheating the city out of nearly $100,000 in billed work that was never performed.Richard Griffin and Frank Gillette — who each owned their own companies — are charged with mail fraud and conspiracy to commit mail fraud in a scheme that allegedly ran from November 2012 through February 2013.
The men were hired to remove wreckage from city roadways in all of the five boroughs after Sandy hit in the fall of 2012.
They are accused of submitting fraudulent time certificates to the sanitation department for work that was never carried out, profiting $80,000.
They are expected to be arraigned in Manhattan federal court later on Friday.
Their arrests come on the heels of two other Sandy relief fraud cases.
On Tuesday, Brooklyn Assemblywoman Pamela Harris was charged with stealing $60,000 in funds meant for disaster relief for Sandy.
Yesterday, case manager Regina Lewis– who was tasked with aiding people effected by Sandy — was charged with swiping nearly $200,000 of the disaster-relief funds from victims.