Joseph Cavasinni Quoted in Youngstown Vindicator Regarding Trumbull County Sewer Contractor CasePDF
The Trumbull County Prosecutor’s Office may be asked to review what may be fraudulent action by a contractor carrying out two county sewer projects.
A Tuesday letter from Atty. Joseph Cavasinni of Cleveland, recently hired by the Trumbull County commissioners, says “it appears” that Marucci and Gaffney Excavating of Youngstown “may have manipulated” video testing of sewer lines “in a fraudulent fashion for the purposes of trying to show the installed work was in conformance to requirements of the contract documents, when, in fact, it clearly was not.”
The letter to Marucci and Gaffney’s lawyer Peter Welin of Columbus says the county suspects there are “numerous sections where the installed sanitary sewers are defective.” The letter says the county is “considering referring this matter to the county prosecutor.”
Welin, when reached by telephone Wednesday, said he is “not inclined to comment because there is an allegation that needs to be investigated.” He said Marucci and Gaffney “will continue to do a good job. They’re a quality contractor.”
The video testing in question was done on the Kinsman Township sewer project. The company also is working on the Squaw Creek Sewer Project in the Vienna Township area. Cavasinni also wrote a letter Monday regarding problems with that project.
Cavasinni’s letter states that the county’s engineering consultant, MS Consultants of Youngstown, says Marucci and Gaffney failed to submit videos of 10 sections of the Kinsman project in October 2014.
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