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Mass GPS Scheme Busted

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Allagash, Oct 2, 2005.

  1. Allagash

    Allagash Senior Member
    Messages: 159

    This is old news and may have been discussed here already but I found it interesting when I found it:

    Copyright 2005 HT Media Ltd.
    All Rights Reserved
    US Fed News

    June 13, 2005 Monday 5:12 AM EST

    LENGTH: 434 words


    BYLINE: US Fed News



    The Massachusetts Attorney General issued the following news release:

    A state-contracted snow plow driver and his employee have been indicted on charges that they allegedly ran a scheme to evade the state's GPS tracking system while operating a private plowing business on state time, Attorney General Tom Reilly announced today.

    Paul V. Gratta, 50, of Cohasset, and Frank J. Eddy, 33, of Hull, were indicted by the Norfolk County Grand Jury on June 9 in Quincy District Court. Gratta was indicted on two counts each of larceny and conspiracy and one count each of procurement fraud and false claims. Eddy was indicted on one count each of procurement fraud and larceny and two counts of conspiracy.

    Gratta owns and operates Hub Construction, a home improvement contracting business based in Cohasset. For many years, Gratta has worked as an independent snow plow contractor for the state.

    As a plowing contractor, Gratta is frequently called to duty by the Mass Highway Department to plow, sand and salt the road assigned to him - a stretch of Route 3A north and south from the Hingham rotary to the Weymouth line.

    During a March 1 snow storm which produced whiteout conditions in many areas on the South Shore, State Police assigned to the Attorney General's Office observed Gratta plow and salt his route on 3A before allegedly leaving the GPS device assigned to him by Mass Highway in a snow bank on the side of the road in a white paper bag. Once the GPS device was out of his snow plowing truck, Gratta allegedly plowed a private institution, using the salt provided by the state. He then allegedly retrieved the GPS and returned to plowing 3A.

    The investigation found that some time later during the same snowstorm, Gratta allegedly met Eddy, who works for Gratta's contracting business and also plows for Mass Highway, and handed over the GPS device to him. Eddy allegedly stored the device in his vehicle and continued on his assigned route while Gratta resumed plowing and salting private areas in Cohasset, Hingham and Hull, which were not part of his state route.

    The investigation revealed that Gratta has allegedly been running this scheme to skirt the GPS monitoring system and defraud the Commonwealth since the state began using the technology last year.

    Defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

    Assistant Attorneys General Laura Marlin and Tina Skerritt of AG Reilly's Corruption, Fraud and Computer Crime Division, are prosecuting the case, which was investigated by State Police assigned to the Attorney General's Office.

    Contact: Beth Stone, 617/727-2543.

    LOAD-DATE: June 18, 2005
  2. SnowGuy73

    SnowGuy73 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 24,868

    That'll Teach Ya, People Can Be Such Morons.. :rolleyes:
    Last edited: Oct 2, 2005
  3. Kramer

    Kramer Senior Member
    Messages: 386

    Don't know if this is true or if he did it, but if he did hes a jerk. This just supports the State in saying that people are cheating. In addition, if its true, Hub Constructions rep is now crap and I hope it was worth the few bucks he got to probably either pay restitution and lose a lot of his business or go to jail.

    I assume the State will push this to the max just to make an example out of him. Too bad for the honest guys that now have to be tied to a stupid gps...what an insult to a guy that tries to do his job honestly.
  4. Oshkosh

    Oshkosh PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,655

    Yes he did it.Yes he is a Moron.lol

    They are out there,We had a guy from our pit get caught sanding salting a private account with state materials on state time and he still has six trucks working for the state?Another went to his sons hockey game without telling anyone in the middle of a storm,,,,We all run scared, afraid we would loose our spot(s) if we even took breaks and then stuff like this happens.It is all in who you know I guess.
  5. JunkFood331

    JunkFood331 Junior Member
    Messages: 26

    Theres our tax dollars hard a work. These are the people that give us honest people a bad rep. :angry: :nono: