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How to you plead?

Sometimes you think that someone is slimy ... and then you find out just how slimy they are.

I learned today that four people who I used to have dealings with (back when MHIS did business with their employers) have plead guilty to Federal fraud and obstruction charges stemming from an FBI investigation of their scheme to defraud the Federal E-Rate program of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Two of the men I had pegged as scumballs back in 2002 and 2003. The third I knew was engaged in some dodgy stuff with my former boss. The fourth, I think, is just a dope who got sucked in when his supervisor (the third guy) went completely crooked.

Rich Brown and Keith Madeiros, both formerly account execs with SBC hatched a scheme to create fake front companies. The fake firms would be "hired" as subcontractors to ANI, a real company doing real work as a sub to SBC. They induced Scott Federowicz at ANI to participate. The fronts submitted bogus invoices for work that never got done. Federowicz OK'd the invoices and ANI paid them. ANI then billed SBC, who in turn invoiced the E-Rate program manager (USAC), thus defrauding the government.

Scott Federowicz's subordinate Dave Dauphenais got tangled up in this when the FBI, investigating the E-Rate fraud, found that Federowicz was also independently defrauding his employer with a bogus laptop purchasing scam. Dave "couldn't remember" who he delivered $624,106 worth of laptops to ... earning him an obstruction charge, a guilty plea, $10,000 in fines, probation and community service. Poor dumb bastard.

Now that the three main conspirators have plead guilty, the FCC will move to debar them from the program (as if facing huge fines and years in prison wasn't enough). Their debarments will probably have expired by the time they get out of prison, but it will be one more mark of shame on them when their names appear on the FCC web site and in the Federal Register.

Some fine reading if you want instructions on how to fly your life into the ground:
Brown & Madeiros - U.S. Attorney's press release on guilty pleas | Boston.com news article
Scott Federowicz - U.S. Attorney's press release
Dave Dauphenais - U.S. Attorney's press release

...Sometimes there is some justice in this world.



( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 21st, 2007 10:15 pm (UTC)
These wouldn't be associated with the TOTAL YAHOOs you told me about during a visit, who had some grand complicated schemes running that read like a soap opera, would it?
Feb. 22nd, 2007 04:53 am (UTC)
IIRC, that would have been our very own internal dopes (my old boss, Bob, and the two freakazoids who wanted to take over using Bob as their figure-head).

There is a connection between the two groups -- Bob. I'm wondering if he's sweating over this. The Feds say that they're still investigating...
Feb. 22nd, 2007 02:24 pm (UTC)
Oh. Oh dear. Poor Bob. (Or should I not waste any sympathy on him?)
Feb. 25th, 2007 02:37 pm (UTC)
I think that there are probably more deserving recipients for your sympathy. His wounds are all self-inflicted. And, he landed on his feet at IBM and has been raking in the bucks for the past three years.
Jun. 4th, 2007 05:21 pm (UTC)
How do you know the freakazoids??
What can you tell me about the freakazoids. I have a concern about one of them.
Feb. 17th, 2010 12:06 am (UTC)
Partners communications
Scott's business Partners Communications LLC.

Not only does Scott Federowicz defraud the government, but also defrauded all his employees that worked under him. Five years later, I (a former employee of Partners Communications) still am feeling the wrath of this jackass. I recently received a bill from the State of CT stating that in 2005 when I was employed with Scott. Stating that I never paid State taxes. I have a W2 showing my taxes taken out. I was an employee its not my responsibility to send the State the money. It was taken out of my check along with many other employees. As you will soon find out, I am going so share this website with the others.
Feb. 17th, 2010 07:13 am (UTC)
I am a former employee of Partners Communications Inc, I worked for Federowicz for about 2 years at Partners Communications Inc. I also just received a notice in the mail from the state of Ct IRS. They claim that I owe approximately $4000.00 to them, $2400.00 in unpaid taxes and the rest is for interest and penalties. This was an audit done for the year of 2005, one of the two years that I worked for Federowicz. I still have a copy of my tax return for 2005, the $2400.00 that was taken from my check is the same amount that the IRS claims was never paid!! So this scumbag took $2400.00 out of my check and never paid it to the state because he was to busy spending it.

The first issue I had with Federowicz was about a year after I worked for him I had found out that the annuity money that he was supposed to be depositing into my annuity was not all deposited. Once all of the employees had found out about the whole annuity scam he began to lose employees one by one until the company went under completely. It was definitely one of my reasons for leaving that joke of a company in the end. As far as my unpaid annuity, It was a 3 year battle in court to get the remaining balance that he owed to me and two other ex-employees. How this fat bastard can continue to do work in the state of CT blows my mind??
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