Water Pollution Control Plant Contractor Sues Former Employee
May 13, 2011
- Former contractor employee alleged to have embezzled $4.8 million from contractor, Alberici Constructors Inc.
- Alberici says County was not overcharged
- County takes immediate actions to investigate
The Water Pollution Control Plant (WPCP) is in the midst of a $568 million upgrade and expansion construction project to minimize external bypasses, install state-of-the-art nutrient removal technology, and generate higher quality effluent to better protect the public health and the environment. Arlington County learned this week that Alberici Constructors Inc., one of the major contractors on the WPCP upgrade project, is the victim of an embezzlement case. The St. Louis Business Journal
reports today that project leader for Alberici on the WPCP Project, Jeff Oliver, conspired with two subcontractors to over-bill Alberici, thus siphoning profits to themselves from Alberici.
According to Alberici, Oliver’s actions did not result in Arlington County being overcharged on the project.
Alberici filed a suit against Oliver and the subcontractors in U.S. District Court in St. Louis, Missouri, on April 27, seeking $4.8 million in damages. According to Alberici, the matter has also been turned over to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in St. Louis.
Alberici’s work on the WPCP project is nearly complete and this employee is no longer associated with the project.
According to Alberici representatives, their investigation did not indicate that any County employees were involved, nor were any County funds involved. However, the County is immediately commencing its own investigation to verify this information.
“We have a special fiduciary responsibility for public funds,” commented Arlington County Manager Barbara Donnellan. “We will do everything we can to make sure that the project and Arlington taxpayers were not hurt by these perpetrators.”
Arlington, Va., is a world-class residential, business and tourist location that was originally part of the "10 miles square" parcel of land surveyed in 1791 to be the Nation's Capital. It is the geographically smallest self-governing county in the United States, occupying slightly less than 26 square miles. Arlington maintains a rich variety of stable neighborhoods, quality schools and enlightened land use, and received the Environmental Protection Agency's highest award for "Smart Growth" in 2002. Home to some of the most influential organizations in the world - including the Pentagon - Arlington stands out as one of America's preeminent places to live, visit and do business.