February 3, 2016
By Tara Jessup
Rochester, NY – Former Security Director for the Monroe County Water Authority,Robert Wiesner, has pleaded guilty in an elaborate scheme to control the bidding process of municipal contracts worth millions. This Bid-Rigging Case regarding public works jobs in Monroe County has resulted in a felony conviction.
“The process for awarding contracts is supposed to be fair, competitive, and unbiased,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “This plea is an important step toward restoring trust in the process and confidence that taxpayer funds are being spent fairly and for their intended purpose.”
Wiesner admitted to interfering with the bidding process of Monroe County for a $212 million public safety contract. He acted in concert with others between March 2008 and October 2013. As part of a plea agreement, Wiesner paid a fine and was sentenced to a three-year conditional discharge.
The remaining defendants are scheduled to proceed to trial in February. This case was part of an investigation conducted under Operation Integrity, a joint partnership between the New York State Comptroller and New York State Attorney General. To date, the initiative has resulted in dozens of convictions and more than $9 million in restitution to the state.
"Mr. Wiesner's felony conviction holds him accountable for his criminal conduct," State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli said. "This reaffirms the need for transparency and accountability."