Admittedly I have always had a skeptical eye on the contracts awarded by the MTA to businesses as I figured a decent percentage if not a majority were sweetheart deals or flat out ripoffs.
The latter turned out to be the case as 61 year old Joseph Ioia admitted to ripping off the MTA by providing low-grade fluid for city buses yet charging the agency for the high-quality version. Pete Donohue of the New York Daily News has more in this report:
Joseph Ioia, 61, also will cut a check to cover $863,618.25 as part of a plea deal formalized in court with Manhattan prosecutors Thursday.
As the owner New York Commercial Lubricants on Arlington Ave., Staten Island, Ioia won a contract to provide high-quality transmission fluid for Metropolitan Transportation Authority buses.But he delivered a lower-grade lubricant in 2010 and 2011, he admitted in court.
Click here for the complete report.
I am upset the agency got ripped off yet it is not my biggest complaint of the whole situation. What really rubs me the wrong way is how he gets off so easy to the point of getting weekend only jail time. If that was any average person with a lack of wealth & contacts, I am sure we would have to serve a 24×7 jail sentence for however many years we were convicted for.
I see zero incentive for him or others in similar positions to not try & rip off the MTA again as all you will get if caught is a slap in the wrist of repayment & minimal jail time. You have to love our criminal justice system as they once again give out one more win for the good guys!
xoxo Transit Blogger