OIG Investigative Reports Press Release, Pittsburgh, PA 01/16/2013 - Painting Contractor Sentenced in Bidding Scheme Skip to main contentAbout UsContact UsFAQs Language Assistance Englishespañol中文: 繁體版Việt-ngữ한국어TagalogРусский U.S. Department of Education Search for: Toggle navigation U.S. Department of Education Student Loans Grants Laws Data About ED OFFICES Home Reports & Resources Programs/Initiatives News Office Contacts Investigation Report Department of Justice United States Attorney David J. Hickton Western District of Pennsylvania FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16, 2013 WWW.JUSTICE.GOV/USAO/PAW Painting Contractor Sentenced in Bidding Scheme PITTSBURGH - A resident of Allegheny County has been sentenced in federal court to five months imprisonment and five months home detention with electronic monitoring, to be followed by three years supervised release, on his conviction of theft from a program receiving federal funds, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today. He was also ordered to pay restitution to the West Mifflin Area School District in the amount of $94,439. United States District Judge Cathy Bissoon imposed the sentence on Ralph D. Imbrogno, 65, of 610 Oberdick Drive, McKeesport, Pa. According to information presented to the court, from May 2008 through March 2010, Imbrogno aided and abetted Patrick Risha, the Superintendent of the West Mifflin Area School District, in defrauding the school district and misapplying a total of $94,439 in district funds. The fraud was committed in connection with the school district's awarding of 10 painting contracts to Imgrogno's son's painting company, Imbrogno Painting. Imbrogno aided Risha in defrauding the school district by producing false bid proposals from painting contractors for the contracts requiring a competitive bidding process. Imbrogno previously pled guilty to one count of aiding Risha in the fraud with respect to a contract in the amount of $9,995.00, issued to Imbrogno Painting for the painting of a portion of the interior of Emerson Elementary School. Imbrogno Painting was paid for such services by check issued on October 21, 2009, from the West Mifflin Area School District "General Fund" account. The West Mifflin Area School District was the recipient of in excess of $1,000,000 of federal monies from the United States Department of Education during the 12-month period, including Oct. 21, 2009. Assistant United States Attorney Carolyn J. Bloch prosecuted this case on behalf of the government. U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Department of Education Office of Inspector General Investigation Services for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Imbrogno. ### Top Printable view Last Modified: 01/22/2013 How Do I Find... Student loans, forgiveness College accreditation No Child Left Behind FERPA FAFSA 1098-E Tax Form 2015 Budget Proposal More > Information About... Transforming Teaching Family and Community Engagement Early Learning K-12 Reforms More > Connect Facebook Twitter YouTube Email RSS Google+ More > MISUSED FOIA OIG Fraud Hotline Our mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access. Student Loans Repaying Loans Defaulted Loans Loan Forgiveness Loan Servicers Grants & Programs Apply for Pell Grants Grants Forecast Open Grant Competitions Find Grant Programs by Eligibility Laws & Guidance No Child Left Behind FERPA Civil Rights Data & Research Education Statistics Postsecondary Education Data State Education Data Nation's Report Card What Works Clearinghouse About Us Contact Us ED Offices Jobs News FAQs Budget, Performance Notices FOIAPrivacySecurityInformation qualityInspector GeneralWhitehouse.govUSA.govBenefits.govRegulations.gov
Painting Contractor Sentenced in Bidding Scheme. Pittsburgh, PA., January 16, 2013
Published by the Department of Education, Office of Inspector General on 2013-01-16.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report.