A former employee of the city of Courtland, the owner of a landscaping company, was arrested Thursday and charged with bribery and fraud in connection with an illegal dumping plan on city-owned land.
According to Damian Williams, former Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary of the town of Cortlandt, Robert Dyckman, 51, and Glenn Griffin, 53, of Cortlandt Manor, were arrested and charged. , United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York.
Griffin was also charged in connection with a bid-rigging program in the town of Croton-on-Hudson and the village of Barplank.
The case was investigated by the FBI and Westchester County Police with the support of the Westchester District Attorney’s Office and the New York City Investigation Bureau.
The indictment alleges that from 2018 to February 2020, Dyckman allowed Griffin and his employees unauthorized access to the Arlorain site.
The city estimates that it will need to spend $ 600,000 to $ 1.5 million to remove the material.
Williams said that in exchange for access to Arlolane’s site, Griffin bribed Dykeman with cash, firewood, flowers and garden fixtures, greatly improving Dykeman’s home for free. He also filed a false retroactive invoice with Dykeman and with the insurance company to substantiate the false claim.
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Dyckman misreported that when Griffin was unloading, he arranged for junior city officials to work overtime, usually on Saturdays or after business hours, but that time was working during normal business hours. Did.
Dykeman, who worked for 28 years in Courtland, was fired after being caught up in a video allowing Griffin to access the site in 2019.
Meanwhile, between 2015 and 2018, Griffin allegedly deceived the village of Croton-on-Hudson, who worked at school, and the village of Burplanck, who worked at the fire department.
According to Williams, Griffin was in a series of competitive bids because he made false, uncompetitive, inflated bids on behalf of businesses he was not working for or was not allowed to bid on. You will be the lowest bidder and will receive public money. Work on the project.
Griffin has received a combined contract worth more than $ 133,000 in these communities, Williams said.
Griffin faces up to 60 years in prison if convicted of all charges against him, and Dyckman faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted of all charges against him. ..
They were scheduled to appear in front of Federal Judge Andrew E. Klaus in Federal Court in White Plains Thursday afternoon.
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