Ex-Clairton manager admits steering West Mifflin school contracts to his son

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Whistle Blower 2k12

Pittsburgh, PA

#1 Aug 9, 2012
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August 9, 2012 11:56 am
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Former Clairton City Manager Ralph D. Imbrogno pleaded guilty this morning in U.S. District Court to one count of theft for defrauding the West Mifflin Area School District of $9,995 by receiving an illegal painting contract for his son's firm.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Carolyn Bloch said Mr. Imbrogno, 65, was aided in his scheme by former West Mifflin Superintendent Patrick Risha, who retired in November 2009 and died in October 2010.

In outlining the case against Mr. Imbrogno before U.S. District Judge Cathy Bissoon, Ms. Bloch said that Mr. Imbrogno and Mr., Risha knew each other from political activities and that they conspired to steer painting contracts to Mr, Imbrogno's son, Anthony.

The theft charge stems from an October 2009 contract to paint Emerson Elementary School. Ms. Bloch said Mr. Risha explained to Mr. Imbrogno that the district needed to see three bids to award the painting contract, which would go to the lowest bidder.

So, the prosecutor said, Mr. Imbrogno went back to his staff at the Clairton Municipal Building and had them create two false proposals for the job. Those proposals were from Farkas Flooring Contractors for $10,995 and Yacavace & Planich Painting for $11,250.

The third and lowest bid for the job came from Mr. Imbrogno's son for $9,995.

The Imbrogno firm was awarded the contract.

Mr. Imbrogno was furloughed from his long-time Clairton job in 2010.

Ms. Bloch said although Mr. Imbrogno pleaded guilty to one count of theft, evidence showed there were 10 contracts received by his son in this manner for a total of $94,439 between May 30, 2008, and March 2, 2010.

Mr. Imbrogno had no comment after entering his guilty plea. He faces sentencing before Judge Bissoon at 2 p.m. Dec. 6. The maximum penalty is 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, but federal sentences are typically lower.

Outside of the courtroom, Mr. Imbrogno apologized to West Mifflin school director Phil Shar who attended the hearing.

Mr. Shar, who was a frequent and vocal critic of Mr. Risha's handling of contracts and change orders when he was superintendent, said his hope is that his district receives restitution.

"I think the taxpayers of West Mifflin deserve that," Mr. Shar said.

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Whistle Blower 2k12

Pittsburgh, PA

#2 Aug 9, 2012
More lies exposed.

Where are the Risha puppets and "yes men" at now?

Thanks for wasting WM tax payers money AGAIN.
Diane O

West Mifflin, PA

#3 Aug 9, 2012
Whistle Blower 2k12 wrote:
More lies exposed.
Where are the Risha puppets and "yes men" at now?
Thanks for wasting WM tax payers money AGAIN.
Who voted on these bogus contracts for kickbacks?
Shadow

West Mifflin, PA

#4 Aug 9, 2012
Much Much Much More to come.
Stay tuned,I never steered you wrong !!
This is just the tip of the iceberg.
Med Nervous

West Mifflin, PA

#5 Aug 9, 2012
In outlining the case against Mr. Imbrogno before U.S. District Judge Cathy Bissoon, Ms. Bloch said that Mr. Imbrogno and Mr., Risha knew each other from political activities and that they conspired to steer painting contracts to Mr, Imbrogno's son, Anthony.

The theft charge stems from an October 2009 contract to paint Emerson Elementary School. Ms. Bloch said Mr. Risha explained to Mr. Imbrogno that the district needed to see three bids to award the painting contract, which would go to the lowest bidder.

So, the prosecutor said, Mr. Imbrogno went back to his staff at the Clairton Municipal Building and had them create two false proposals for the job. Those proposals were from Farkas Flooring Contractors for $10,995 and Yacavace & Planich Painting for $11,250.

The third and lowest bid for the job came from Mr. Imbrogno's son for $9,995.

The Imbrogno firm was awarded the contract.

http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/nei...

This is just the one contractor,,there were dozens of more.

Who votes on these contracts?
Were they looked over really good?
Why no questions asked?
Who got their overdrafts caught up and credit card bills paid for their vote?

West Mifflin taxpayers need to ask these questions at meetings.
Who was responsible for hiring these contractors?
Who voted on them?
Who got cash kickbacks?
Med Nervous

West Mifflin, PA

#6 Aug 9, 2012
There's that magic number,$9,995.00.Just below the 10K you need to bid out. Then after the contractor gets their foot in the door, the bid goes higher and higher as time goes along, and ends up well over 20K ( as in this case) board members broke the law for cash kickbacks. It's an obvious as the nose on your face! All the YES votes should be thrown in jail.
Think people!
It's your money!

more to come
Jenna B

West Mifflin, PA

#7 Aug 9, 2012
Outside of the courtroom, Mr. Imbrogno apologized to West Mifflin school director Phil Shar who attended the hearing.

Mr. Shar, who was a frequent and vocal critic of Mr. Risha's handling of contracts and change orders when he was superintendent, said his hope is that his district receives restitution.

"I think the taxpayers of West Mifflin deserve that," Mr. Shar said.

WAY TO GO PHIL!!!!!!
GO AFTER THE SCUM !

Looks like the "reign of terror" was right under Olasz's nose...LOL!

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oh yea

Pittsburgh, PA

#8 Aug 9, 2012
Nice!!!!!!
Hang Em High

Glenmont, OH

#9 Aug 9, 2012
He should have to pay back $95,000!!!
Confucius Say

Homestead, PA

#10 Aug 9, 2012
More investigations lead to convictions and everything crooked connected to him. Why no word from those who voted job for fat hog in 2006 and kowtowed at each whim?
Handyman Negri

Pittsburgh, PA

#11 Aug 9, 2012
Will the staff at Clairton help me in my business. Not very hard to rob the taxpayers in Allegheny County.
Albert G

West Mifflin, PA

#12 Aug 9, 2012
Hang Em High wrote:
He should have to pay back $95,000!!!
Maybe hold old some old school board members liable also.
For The Children

Homestead, PA

#13 Aug 9, 2012
When the old board said that they were for the children, they neglected to specify that it was for the offspring of corrupt local officials and political hacks……..
Dumb and Dumber

Glenmont, OH

#14 Aug 9, 2012
Nobody ever accused Ralph of being smart...
Didn't Risha have someone take his Superintendant test for him?

Them guys had to be pretty damn stupid to get caught doing that.
Handyman Negri

Glenmont, OH

#15 Aug 9, 2012
Why did he apologize to Phil Shar? Why not apologize to the people in Clairton? He used their tax dollars to run his business.
tax payer

West Mifflin, PA

#17 Aug 9, 2012
Handyman Negri wrote:
Why did he apologize to Phil Shar? Why not apologize to the people in Clairton? He used their tax dollars to run his business.
why do you continue to stick up for the old board members...if it wasnt for Shar Risha and that other b!tch would still be there running up the debt.
Shadow

West Mifflin, PA

#18 Aug 9, 2012
For The Children wrote:
When the old board said that they were for the children, they neglected to specify that it was for the offspring of corrupt local officials and political hacks……..
Board members are concerned about the kids ( laughing) when they are in office,then after they lose you dont see them anymore..amazing ,huh?
Oh! You see them at meetings when they make sure their names are on a bronze plaque .....other than that they could care less about the kids and the district as a whole.

But this is just the start of the investigation that will continue to uncover more corruption in these school districts that Risha hoodwinked with the help of board members from these school districts. He didnt act alone. Voting ( and backroom deals ) on issues are important not to be overlooked. One thing is true, Ralph didnt turn himself in, he was caught first by investigators,then he turned himself in. Wait for the next shoe to drop,or several shoes to drop, Ralph was a small time hood,the bigger fish will be exposed as the investigation proceeds.

More to come.
Themis

Mckeesport, PA

#19 Aug 9, 2012
Hang Em High wrote:
He should have to pay back $95,000!!!
It is my understanding that full restitution is part of the plea.

If not, I agree with you, it should be.

If that why his house is up for sale?
The Untouchables Win

Mckeesport, PA

#20 Aug 9, 2012
Whistle Blower 2k12 wrote:
http://www.post-gazette.com/st ories/local/neighborhoods-sout h/ex-clairton-manager-admits-s teering-w-mifflin-school-contr acts-to-his-son-648319/
August 9, 2012 11:56 am
By Mary Niederberger / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Former Clairton City Manager Ralph D. Imbrogno pleaded guilty this morning in U.S. District Court to one count of theft for defrauding the West Mifflin Area School District of $9,995 by receiving an illegal painting contract for his son's firm.

So, the prosecutor said, Mr. Imbrogno went back to his staff at the Clairton Municipal Building and had them create two false proposals for the job. Those proposals were from Farkas Flooring Contractors for $10,995 and Yacavace & Planich Painting for $11,250.
The third and lowest bid for the job came from Mr. Imbrogno's son for $9,995.
The Imbrogno firm was awarded the contract.
Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/nei...
What make you think that like Veon, DeWeese, and Orie cooperative staff that one of his staff at the Clairton Municipal Building did not inform the federal agents of his scheme?

The federal agents should look for this type of scam at other Mon Valley entities where Dr. Risha was superintendent, e.g., MASD and SASD.

Also they should look at high ranking political friends in positions to craft a scam as such.
Shadow

West Mifflin, PA

#21 Aug 9, 2012
Themis wrote:
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It is my understanding that full restitution is part of the plea.
If not, I agree with you, it should be.
If that why his house is up for sale?
He is liquidating all his assets, this way he gets off easy .The son did do the work,but the bidding process was corrupt,I see no money being paid back as of now, however to avoid some jail time, he's gonna have to come up with some money. The son knew his bids were under 10K and Daddy took care of the rest. The son will get a 'slap on the wrist'. Most likely he wont be able to bid for work in any school district in a 20,000 mile radius.

But the Feds have bigger fish to fry.

School board members that were involved should be nervous as well and a few more district managers.

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