DEP employee allegedly at center of $165M construction bribery scheme Companies funneled work to his subcontracting companies: DA
District Attorney Cyrus Vance
The former head of contracts and procurement at the city Department of Environmental Protection agency is at the center of a $165 million bribery scheme that funneled work to construction and engineering companies, officials allege.
Ifeanyi Manny Madu allegedly provided information on DEP projects to three engineering firms — including the scope of the work and the names of the individuals who would be selecting the winning companies — before they were made public through requests for proposals, according to a summons filed in state Supreme Court in Manhattan. In exchange, these firms allegedly hired subcontracting companies controlled by Madu — including JCMC Associates and CIMC Associates — and another run by his former assistant at the DEP, MCMS Associates. He also received gifts in the form of Broadway show tickets and expensive dinners.
Officials allege that Madu and his affiliates received at least $8.1 million in bribes from 2007 to 2017. Projects included the rehabilitation of the Gilboa Dam and other water-related jobs.
“A handful of industry players transformed our city’s water infrastructure procurement process into their own personal swamp,” Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. said in a statement. “For construction management companies, public works are highly-prized jobs, and any competitive edge in the bidding process could mean the difference in the award of a contract worth millions.
Madu, who most recently served as the DEP s assistant deputy director of engineering audits, could not be reached on Wednesday, and messages left for his companies weren t immediately returned.
Madu, his wife Joyce Harvey-Madu, and his mother-in-law face criminal charges of fraud, bribery and offering a false instrument for filing. His former assistant at the DEP, Shelly Mohan, also faces related fraud charges.
According to two summonses filed by the Manhattan District Attorney s Office, the scheme resulted in nearly $160 million worth of contracts being 爱上海