United States: Former Construction Executive Pleads Guilty To Tax Evasion In Connection With Bribery Scheme

Audrey Strauss, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that RONALD OLSON, a vice president and deputy operation manager for Turner Construction Company (“Turner”), pled guilty to charges of evading taxes on more than $1.5 million in bribes he received from building sub-contractors.  OLSON is scheduled to be sentenced on December 9, 2020, at 11:00 a.m., before United States District Judge P. Kevin Castel.  In related proceedings, co-conspirator Michael Campana, a subordinate construction manager at Bloomberg, LLC (“Bloomberg”), was sentenced last Friday, July 24, 2020, by the Honorable Denise L. Cote to 24 months in prison, for evading taxes on more than $420,000 in the same scheme.  In addition, two managers of a construction contractor – Anthony Guzzone and Vito NiGro – were respectively charged on July 14 and July 22, 2020, for evading taxes on more than $1.4 million and $1.8 million in bribes that they respectively received in the same scheme.

Acting U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said:  “When bribery is coupled with tax evasion, both the bribery victims and the taxpaying public are forced to bear the hidden, unfair costs of corruption.  This investigation has resulted in charges of such conduct by four defendants, one of whom pled guilty today, one of whom previously pled guilty and was sentenced last week, and the other two of whom were charged earlier this month.”

The original full article can be found at justice.gov.

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