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Air Services Inc

814 W Diamond Ave # 200
Gaithersburg, MD 20878

AEC Services Inc

814 W Diamond Ave # 110
Gaithersburg, MD 20878

LVI Environmental Svc Inc

8005 Cessna Ave
Gaithersburg, MD 20879

Lvi Environmental Services, Inc.

8005 Cessna Avenue
Gaithersburg, MD 20879

Air Services Inc

814 W Diamond Avenue Suite 205
Gaithersburg, MD 20878

Selective Demolition

8340-A Beechcraft Avenue
Gaithersburg, MD 20879

Nist National Institute Stand

100 Bureau Drive MS3510
Gaithersburg, MD 20899

Asbestos Remediation Violations in Gaithersburg

FISCAL YEAR:              2010

 

1. PRINCIPAL DEFENDANT: Paul Prendergast

D.  Maryland  PJM 07CR0430

 

Paul Prendergast, of Gaithersburg, Maryland, was sentenced iin October 2009 to a year and a day in prison followed by three years of supervised release for accepting gratuities in connection with asbestos and lead abatement contracts he supervised as a West Virginia state official.

 

Prendergast worked as an occupational health and safety coordinator at the West Virginia Department of Administration, General Services Division (GSD), from 1998 to March 2003 receiving and reviewing bids submitted for asbestos and lead-abatement projects. For certain asbestos and lead abatement jobs, he had primary authority to award contracts to the lowest bidder. He was also responsible for overseeing work performed on the projects and had primary authority to approve payment requests submitted by the contractor.

 

Two of these contractors were Maryland corporations engaged in asbestos and lead abatement work in Maryland and West Virginia. The contractors were affiliated companies, and were jointly operated and managed. Between August 1998 and January 2003, these contractors performed a number of abatement contracts for GSD. Immediately upon leaving his employment with GSD, Prendergast worked for one of these companies.

 

Prendergast unlawfully provided one of these contractors with confidential bid information that he received from other abatement firms regarding contracts to perform asbestos and lead abatement at various buildings in the West Virginia State capitol complex. This contractor then used the bid information to submit bids to the State of West Virginia that were lower than those submitted by other abatement companies. Prendergast awarded the contracts and approved payments to the contractor. While he maintained bid and operational authority over contracts of interest to the contractor, Prendergast also received money and other benefits from the contractor, including three checks from 2000 to 2003 in the amounts of $6,000, $2,500 and $2,500.

 

In 2003, while still employed by GSD, Prendergast prepared a business proposal for the contractor involving a joint venture for a landfill in West Virginia, with the expectation that he would share jointly in the proceeds. In April 2003, following negotiations that had begun in 2002, the other affiliated company hired Prendergast at nearly triple his state salary: from April 2003 to January 2005, Prendergast was paid $85,000 as “salary” from this company; and from December 2003 to December 2004, Prendergast received $55,000 that was funneled through a subcontractor to him.

 

September 25, 2007

Prendergast was charged in an Information with one count obstruction - 18 U.S.C. 1952.

STATUTE: 18 U.S.C. 1952

October 22, 2009

Prendergast pled guilty and was sentenced to 18 months and a day incarceration, 30 months probation and ordered to pay a federal fine of $3,000.

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