HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — A New Haven man waived his right to indictment and pleaded guilty on Thursday to paying nearly #350,000 in bribes to former West Haven Housing Authority executive director.
According to the U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut, 58-year-old Andrew Ross of New Haven was paying former executive director of the WHHA, an agency that received federal funding, Michael Siwek bribes in exchange for government contracts and business. Court documents and statements said that as a part of Siwek’s duties, he had substantial discretion over awarding WHHA business and contracts.
Siwek also owned and controlled Four Star Development Company, LLC (“Four Star”). Officials say that between January 2007 and February 2012, Ross, who controlled business entities that received WHHA business and contacts for financial and consulting services, made approximately $349,000 in corrupt payments to Siwek and Four Star.
Officials say that in total, Siwek received approximately $1.5 million in bribes from individuals who received business with the WHHA and the entities that the WHHA controlled.
Ross pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit bribery in connection with a program receiving federal funds, which carries a maximum term of imprisonment of five years.
U.S. Attorney Deirdre M. Daly says the investigation is ongoing.