According to a criminal complaint unsealed in federal court today, Freitas gave insider bidding tips to Rizzo to help them win the deal – which they did – and also accepted a $35,000 bribe from Rizzo to make sure the bill was added onto the water bill so that Rizzo would save money.
In 2015, while working for both Rizzo and as a trustee, Freitas offered to help Rizzo win a contract in exchange for money. Freitas also agreed to help get the billing for the contract placed on the Macomb Township water bill, which would save the company money and make it cheaper to provide the service, the complaint states.
But unbeknownst to Freitas and the Rizzo official with whom he was dealing, the FBI had tapped their phones, the complaint states. In January, the businessman was confronted with the wiretap evidence, admitted responsibility and agreed to cooperate with the investigation, the complaint states.
According to wiretap evidence detailed by the FBI in court records, here is what happened:
Freitas was excluded from the bid process because he worked for the company. But on Aug. 24, 2015, Freitas called the businessman and told him the number he should bid based on tips he got from an unnamed township source.
According to court records, Freitas told the businessman: “Alright, I just met with them … Um, your guys are gonna get a phone call from the attorney to negotiate prices tomorrow … there’s no way anyone can beat us. .. and make it flat for eight years.” Read the rest of this here
This has got me asking questions about how Rizzo got our contract how did they beat out Waste Management? Mr. Mayor what say you? I’ ve been hearing rumors about this contract since the beginning and I’m not alone. Throw this out and get back to clean business.