Former New Rochelle Department of Public Works supervisor Richard Fevang plead guilty today of rigging a city bidding process to favor specific vendors.
Fevang, 65, faces up to seven years in prison when he is sentenced in January for pleading guilty to one count of tampering with public records, a felony.
According to the Westchester County District Attorney’s office, Fevang, who as fleet manager of the city’s central garage was responsible for maintenance and repair of city vehicles, fabricated reports and documents related to the bidding process, essentially steering contracts to people of his choosing. The reports contained price quotes from vendors who never even submitted bids, said spokesman Lucian Chalfin.
“To give the appearance of a legitimate bidding process, the defendant or his subordinates occasionally would, at the defendant’s direction, submit additional false documents such as faxed memoranda to unselected vendors, that were never truly faxed but prepared to suggest that a legitimate bidding process occurred,” he said.
“The result was that the City of New Rochelle and its taxpayers were deprived of having an actual competitive bidding process take place on each of these instances to ensure that the lowest responsible bidder would be chosen.”
Photo courtesy of the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office