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Another contractor charged in PennDOT corruption case

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 16, 2015 9:59 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- Another person is facing charges in an investigation into allegedly corrupt contracting practices and overbilling in the Pennsylvania transportation department's southeastern district.

Christopher Czop was arraigned today in Montgomery County on eight felony counts, including corrupt organizations. His preliminary hearing was scheduled for May 19.

The 45-year-old Czop is the president of an engineering and surveying services firm. His lawyer says the accusations are false, misleading and based on innuendo and supposition.

He's the 13th person charged in connection with the case.

State prosecutors say Czop cultivated a relationship with a PennDOT engineer to help secure four separate contracts, hired unqualified inspectors as favors to PennDOT officials and ignored complaints about shoddy workmanship and overbilling on bridge cleaning contract work his firm was hired to inspect.

An earlier story is below:

Pennsylvania state prosecutors have charged another person in a corruption investigation into contracts awarded in the transportation department's southeastern region.

Christopher Czop is scheduled to be arraigned today in Montgomery County on eight felony counts, including corrupt organizations.

The 45-year-old Czop is the president of an engineering and surveying services firm.

Czop is the 13th person charged in connection with what the state attorney general's office says are overbilling schemes involving millions of dollars in taxpayer money.

In Czop's case, prosecutors say he and a related business used cash to cultivate a relationship with a district engineer to help secure four separate PennDOT contracts.

Prosecutors also say he hired people as personal favors to the district engineer and ordered his employees to overbill PennDOT on a bridge cleaning contract.

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