Construction Executive Sentenced in Tax Evasion, Bribery Scheme

A former construction executive has been sentenced to 38 months in prison for evading taxes on more than $1.45 million in bribes he received from building subcontractors. Anthony Guzzone, a former director of global construction at Bloomberg, previously had pleaded guilty.

Co-conspirator Michael Campana, a subordinate construction manager at Bloomberg, was sentenced on July 24, 2020 to 24 months in prison, for evading taxes on more than $420,000 in the same scheme. Ronald Olson and Vito Nigro, two managers of Turner Construction, which performed projects for Bloomberg, separately pleaded guilty to evading taxes on more than $1.4 million and $1.8 million in bribes received in the same scheme.

Background

The investigation focused on the period between 2011 and 2017 when Guzzone worked at Bloomberg. During that period, Olson and Nigro worked at Turner, which performed construction projects for Bloomberg. Campana began working for Bloomberg in 2013.

According to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Southern District of New York, each of the defendants participated in a scheme to obtain bribes from subcontractors, who paid kickbacks in exchange for being awarded various construction contracts and subcontracts performed for Bloomberg. The four defendants have been charged with failing to pay federal income taxes between 2010 and 2017 on bribes exceeding $5.1 million.

Lendlease Debuts New Modular Bathroom System for Vertical Jobsites

Lendlease has launched the H³ Wellness Hub, a modular bathroom system that fits into a variety of built environments—specifically engineered to be lifted and hoisted vertically—and can be used by those on jobsites such as glaziers. The modular bathroom provides an enclosed, climate-controlled space and connects directly to sanitation, fresh water and electrical utility risers, eliminating the traditional chemical porto-johns. H³ also includes
HVAC, hot water, natural lighting and porcelain fixtures.

IWR North America Achieves NACC Certification

IWR North America LLC is the first glazing contractor of 2021 to be certified by the North American Contractor Certification (NACC) Program. NACC is a third-party, ANSI-accredited program recognizing glazing contractors who consistently adhere to quality and safety excellence.

“We had two objectives for pursuing NACC certification: To gain tools for IWR to improve certain aspects of our business, and to align the company with a program that we believe will make our industry better, now and in the future,” says Michael Smalley, director of business development for IWR. “The program assessors had a genuine and vested interest in helping us take an honest look at ourselves. Their experience and vast knowledge of the glass and glazing industry was refreshing and helpful throughout the assessment process. As a result of the processes and procedures needed for certification, we’ve seen increased effectiveness in communication, documentation and workflow, all of which we expect will eventually be recognized on the bottom line.”

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