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Three NY Contractors Arrested in $200,000 Contract Fraud
By Joe Gullo
ALBANY, N.Y. - According to the New York Attorney General and Comptroller offices, three contractors were arrested for defrauding the state more than $200,000 over a two year period.
A press release says the contractors, 40-year-old Charles Angelillo, Charle's wife Carol Angelillo, 39, and Anthony Cuccinello, 46, submitted false invoices for HVAC equipment, supplies, and labor.
“These greedy contractors sought to profit by defrauding the state, and now they are being held accountable,” Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman said. “Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli and I will remain vigilant to ensure that New York’s hard-working taxpayers don’t get fleeced by corrupt contractors.”
All three were charged with multiple felonies including 2nd degree larceny, falsifying business records, and other charges.
A press release says the Angelillos submitted false bills to the state for equipment that they never purchased. They are then accused of forging invoices to double or triple the amount the state owed them. In 2011, Cuccinello joined the scheme.
All three were arraigned and are due back in court at the end of May.
Anyone with additional information on this matter or any other suspected public corruption is encouraged to contact the State Comptroller’s office by calling the toll-free fraud hotline at 1-888-672-4555; filing a complaint online at firstname.lastname@example.org; or mailing a complaint to: Office of the State Comptroller Investigations Unit, 110 State Street, 14th floor, Albany, NY 12236 or the Attorney General’s Office at 1-800-996-4630.