Four people, including the husband of Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks, were charged today in an alleged scheme to rig bids for county contracts and then steal money from those deals, the Democrat and Chronicle reported.
The charges, brought through an investigation by the attorney General and comptroller offices, included a 25-count indictment, the paper reported.
Brooks, a Republican, was first elected in 2003 and is in her third term; she is term limited and her current term runs through 2015. She lost a run for Congress last year to Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-Fairport, Monroe County.
Those charged were Robert Wiesner, a retired Rochester police captain married to Brooks; Nelson Rivera, a former information manager for the county who resigned his job last month; John Maggio, the president of Navitech Services Corp.; and Daniel Lynch, the president of Treadstone Development Corp.
They are accused of providing inside information to favored companies, including Siemens Building Technologies, Treadstone and Navitech Services Corp., that gave them a leg up in the bidding process for contracts with local development corporations, or LDCs — private, nonprofit companies set up to handle county projects, the paper reported.
Here’s some video from their prep walk today.