Monday, July 9, 2012

Sentencing Next Month In Rhode Island Weatherization Bribery Case

Saul Lemoi, convicted of bribery and kickbacks in a scheme involving the stimulus funded home weatherization program in Rhode Island, faces possible imprisonment for 15 years and fines of up to half a million dollars at an August 23 sentencing hearing. Acting as a senior energy auditor for not for profit Comprehensive Community Action Program which received $1.5 million in Department of Energy home weatherization grants, Lemoi persuaded a co-conspirator to form a company named Weathertight Solutions, then steered $75,000.00 in work to the new business, and prepared invoices to CCAP for Weathertight work which was never performed, and collected kickbacks from the company.

The Weathertight investigation was handled by agents from the Department of Energy and the HHS Inspector General, and the prosecution was headed by U. S. Attorney Peter Neronha.

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