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[arcology] THE CITY IN THE IMAGE OF MEN

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  • Stephen Budner
    ARCHITECTS PLEAD GUILTY IN NEW YORK BID-RIGGING SCANDALS In the latest phase of an investigation by Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau, 31
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 4, 2000
      ARCHITECTS PLEAD GUILTY IN NEW YORK BID-RIGGING SCANDALS
       

      In the latest phase of an investigation by Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau, 31 architects,
      real estate brokers, and construction managers pleaded guilty in October to bribery charges relating to bid-
      rigging on a range of New York City construction projects. The pleas are part of a five-year investigation into
      corruption in the $6 billion interior construction industry, in which consultants, brokers, architects, and contractors
      conspired to rig the bidding for work at the offices of some the city's most prominent corporations, according to
      investigators.

      Last year, five of the largest contractors in the industry, including Structure Tone, Bennis & Reissman, and AJ
      Contracting, pleaded guilty to corruption charges. In one instance, nine architects, property managers, and
      project consultants admitted to taking bribes from Structure Tone in exchange for giving the company work at the
      IBM offices in White Plains, as well as many projects in Manhattan. Investigators have said that as many as a dozen
      other construction executives and architects could soon be indicted on bid-rigging charges.

      All the architects who pleaded guilty  have been sentenced to probation and have been ordered to pay fines. New York
      State is starting proceedings to revoke architects' licenses due to the felony convictions. In addition, the AIA's National
      Ethics Council will decide its own penalties based on the seriousness of the activities, which violate the AIA's code of
      ethics. Soren Larson
       

      ARCHITECTURAL RECORD 12/99

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