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April 25, 2005

Office of The Attorney General
- Peter C. Harvey, Attorney General
Office of Government Integrity
- John Kennedy, Director

 

Paul Loriquet
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Attorney General Harvey Announces Forgery and Tampering with Public Records Charges Against Vice President of School Construction Company

TRENTON – Attorney General Peter C. Harvey today announced charges against a Cherry Hill man for allegedly falsifying New Jersey School Construction Corporation (SCC) and Division of Property Management and Construction (DPMC) pre-bidding documents in an attempt to win a school construction contract from the Hamilton Township Board of Education in Mercer County. The charges were investigated by the Office of Government Integrity (OGI).

“Our office continues to aggressively investigate persons who falsify school construction documents with the purpose of defrauding school districts,” said Attorney General Harvey. “We will continue to protect school districts and hard working construction companies, from unscrupulous businessmen.”

According to John Kennedy, Director of the Office of Government Integrity, a State Grand Jury indictment charged Thomas Monahan, 50, of Cherry Hill and a vice president for business development for CM3 Building Solutions, Inc. of Trevose, Pennsylvania, with two counts of third- degree forgery, two counts of third-degree tampering with public records and two counts fourth-degree falsifying records. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in jail and fines of up to $15,000.

“We are committed to uncovering and prosecuting frauds in the State’s school construction program,” Kennedy said. This indictment sends a strong message to anyone who violates the public’s trust.”

According to Attorney General Harvey, Monahan is charged with knowingly altering a document, namely an SCC Prequalification Notice, on June 23, 2004. The Prequalification Notice is a letter from the Schools Construction Corporation advising the construction company that it is eligible to participate in the process and the date that eligibility expires. In addition, the defendant is charged with forging the New Jersey Department of Treasury, DPMC’s Notification of Classification form. The Notice of Classification places a limit on the monetary amount of uncompleted contracts a company can have at one time and the trade specialties a particular company can engage in, such as plumbing, electrical or HVAC.

OGI State Investigator Louis Taranto Jr., Supervising State Investigator Fred Weidman and Deputy Attorney General James F. Flanagan were assigned to the investigation. DAG Flanagan represented the OGI before the State Grand Jury.

The defendant is presumed innocent of the charges unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

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