Business owner and former Cortlandt official are accused of fraud

Business owner and former Cortlandt official are accused of fraud

A previous town of Cortlandt employee and the owner of a landscaping organization have been arrested Thursday and indicted on general public corruption and fraud fees in relationship with an unlawful dumping plan on a town-owned lot.

Robert Dyckman, 51 of Verplanck, a previous assistant basic foreman with the town of Cortlandt, and Glenn Griffin, 53, of Cortlandt Manor, the proprietor, president and principal of Griffin’s Landscaping Company, have been arrested and indicted, in accordance to Damian Williams, the U.S. Lawyer for the Southern District of New York.

Griffin also was indicted in relationship with a independent bid-rigging plan in the village of Croton-on-Hudson and the hamlet of Verplanck.

The scenarios were being investigated by the FBI and the Westchester County Police Department, with guidance from the Westchester County District Attorney’s place of work and the New York Town Section of Investigation.

A snowplow blade marks the entrance to Arlo Lane in Cortlandt Manor, on the way to the Town of Cortlandt Highway Division Environmental Services site, where the alleged illegal dumping took place.

The indictments allege that from 2018 right up until February of 2020, Dyckman gave Griffin and his staff members unauthorized accessibility to the Arlo Lane internet site, wherever they dumped hundreds of truckloads of unauthorized content these kinds of as thick concrete, cement with rebar, large rocks and soil.

The town estimated it would have to invest involving $600,000 and $1.5 million to take away the materials.

Williams stated in exchange for obtain to the Arlo Lane web site, Griffin gave Dyckman hard cash bribes, firewood, flowers and gardening supplies, and created substantial improvements to Dyckman’s residence at no price. He also gave Dyckman a backdated, fake invoice to give to his coverage organization to assist a wrong insurance plan declare.

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Dyckman organized for a subordinate town personnel to work additional time when Griffin was dumping, commonly on Saturdays or just after doing the job hrs, but falsely documented the time as remaining labored through typical working several hours.