"Mark J. Titus, 48, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud for bilking $1.2 million from a construction firm in a scheme allegedly aided by his brother-in-law Dominick Fazzio, River Birch's chief financial officer.
Fazzio, 58, of Slidell, used two construction companies he owns to send seven fraudulent invoices from June 2008 through March to Garner Services, a New Orleans construction management firm, according to a five-page "factual basis" for Titus' guilty plea."
FedBizOpps.gov, December 9, 2011:
Y--West Bank and Vicinity, New Orleans, LA HSDRRS, Lake Cataouatche Levee Enlargement, Phase 2, First Lift, Jefferson Parish, LA ED 11-203Solicitation Number: WBV15A-12-S-0001
Agency: Department of the Army
Office: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Location: USACE District, New Orleans
"This is a combined synopsis/solicitation for commercial items prepared in accordance with the format in Subpart 12.6, as supplemented with additional information included in this notice. This announcement constitutes the only solicitation; proposals are being requested and a written solicitation will not be issued.
THIS IS BEING POSTED FOR SUBCONTRACTING OPPORUNITIES ONLY. PROPOSALS WILL ONLY BE ACCEPTED FROM MATOC HOLDERS AS FOLLOWS:
Garner Services, LLC
348 S Diamond St
New Orleans, LA 70130-3808
POC: Mark Titus
The work consists of clearing and grubbing; removal of steel sheet pile; Contractor furnished borrow pit preparation and excavation; placement of earthen material, the earthen material shall be graded and compacted; placement of stone armor; fertilizing, seeding and mulching all disturbed areas and all other incidental work.
What exactly does it take for the Corps to cut ties with companies? This is a solicitation for new business, not an existing contract, but they are insisting on allowing Garner to bid on it. At the very least, don't they read the papers?
Update, February 1, 2012:
This job was awarded to Conquistador Dorado Joint Venture out of Sanford, Florida on January 24, 2012 for $2,609,737.50.