National Grid managers plead guilty in bribery, kickback scheme
On Monday in Brooklyn Federal Court, Patrick McCrann and Richard Zavada, two former employees of a utility company that was identified in a Public Service Commission document as National Grid, pleaded guilty to accepting bribes and kickbacks from the owners of a Long Island-based contractor in exchange for steering lucrative contracts to the contractor.
The defendants were managers employed in the facilities department of the utility who steered contracts to certain Long Island-based contractors, including the contractor, in exchange for hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes and kickbacks, according to court documents.
Last week, Ricardo Garcia and Jevan Seepaul, two other former employees of National Grid, according to several online sources, also pleaded guilty to accepting bribes and kickbacks from the contractor. Monday’s proceedings took place before United States District Judge Carol Bagley Amon.
According to court documents, the contractor secured more than $50 million in facility maintenance contracts from the utility during the time that the contractor was paying bribes to the defendants. As managers, the defendants had the authority to approve “no-bid” contracts valued at less than $50,000.