For Immediate Release - December 14, 2011

Three MassDOT Employees Arraigned in Connection with Illegally Awarding State Contracts

Two Employees Allegedly Had Financial Interest in Contracts; Family Friend Also Arraigned For Allegedly Receiving Those Illegal Contracts

WORCESTER – Three employees, including the Director of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Worcester Office, have been arraigned in connection with conspiring to illegally award lucrative state snow and ice removal contracts to a family friend in order to hide the financial interest of two of those state employees, Attorney General Martha Coakley’s Office announced today.  

Thomas Waruzila, the former District 3 Highway Director (DHD) for the Highway Division of the MassDOT, Dean Gleason, the MassDOT Snow and Ice Engineer for District 3, his brother Anthony Gleason, a MassDOT Civil Engineer for District 3, and Quang T. Do, a family friend, were arraigned today on the following charges:

Thomas Waruzila, age 60, of Worcester 

  • Conflict of Interest (4 counts)
  • Procurement Fraud (3 counts)
  • Obstruction of Justice
  • Conspiracy to Commit Procurement Fraud

 

Dean Gleason, age 42, of West Boylston 

  • Conflict of Interest (3 counts)
  • Obstruction of Justice
  • Conspiracy to Commit Procurement Fraud

 

Anthony Gleason, age 36, of Worcester 

  • Procurement Fraud (3 counts)
  • Obstruction of Justice
  • Conspiracy to Commit Procurement Fraud

 

Quang T. Do, age 43, of Worcester 

  • Procurement Fraud (3 counts)
  • Obstruction of Justice
  • Conspiracy to Commit Procurement Fraud

The AG’s Public Integrity Division began an investigation into the defendants’ activities after the matter had been referred by MassDOT in the fall of 2010.  Authorities allege that in September 2009, Quang T. Do was awarded a lucrative Snow & Ice Removal contract for his front-end loader that was financially beneficial to co-defendants Thomas Waruzila and Anthony Gleason.

MassDOT contracts with outside contractors or vendors who own the appropriate equipment to clear the Commonwealth’s roads.  When a storm occurs, the contractors’ equipment is dispatched to a location called a “pit,” a MassDOT location where the salt, sand, and other materials needed to clear the roads are stored and where the trucks come for refills. 

Investigators discovered that prior to the start of the winter season in 2009-2010, the District designated one of the snow and ice pits located in Littleton as a full-time pit.  That action opened up a new slot for a privately contracted front-end loader.  Authorities allege that Waruzila and Anthony Gleason obtained a front-end loader in the name of Quang T. Do for the purpose of receiving the new contract.  Do’s name was allegedly used to hide the financial interest of these two MassDOT employees.  Both Waruzila and Dean Gleason then awarded Do the contract despite the timely bid of a more senior MassDOT contractor. 

During the relevant time period the responsibilities for snow and ice removal, including the awarding of positions, fell to Dean Gleason, the snow and ice engineer for District 3.  From approximately 2000-2011, Waruzila was the DHD for District 3 in MassDOT’s Highway Division which oversees the maintenance, repair, and construction of the Commonwealth’s roads, bridges, and tunnels.  As DHD, Waruzila oversaw the entire operation of District 3 in Worcester. 

Authorities later discovered that Waruzila and Anthony Gleason were also allegedly involved in obtaining another truck and calcium tank in the name of Quang T. Do.  That equipment was likewise awarded a contract in District 3 for snow and ice removal during the winter season of 2010-2011. 

A Statewide Grand Jury returned indictments against all four men on November 16.  The defendants were arraigned today in Worcester Superior Court where each pleaded not guilty and were released on personal recognizance.  The defendants will be in court on January 31, 2012 for a pre-trial conference.  Judge James Lemire presided over the arraignment.

These charges are allegations.  The defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Eileen O’Brien, Senior Counsel in the AG’s Criminal Bureau, and was investigated by members of the Financial Investigations Division and Massachusetts State Police assigned to the AG’s Office.  Assistance was also provided by MassDOT.

In February 2011, AG Coakley announced the formation of the Public Integrity Division - the first division in the office focused exclusively on cases of public corruption and fraud. The Public Integrity Division investigates and prosecutes serious criminal misconduct involving (a) crimes committed against or upon public agencies, (b) corrupt public employees and public entities who engage in or conspire to commit larceny, fraud, bribery, gratuities, and other crimes in which there is a hidden personal financial interest, and (c) crimes that have a corrosive or harmful effect on public confidence in our government and other trusted institutions, including such crimes as perjury and obstruction of justice. 

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