Ex-state highway boss convicted of fraud
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A former regional director of the state Transportation Department has been convicted of procurement fraud and conflict of interest violations.
Thomas Waruzila, a former director of the agency’s Worcester-based District 3, was found guilty by a Worcester Superior Court jury on Monday of concealing his ownership interest in snow removal equipment used to get state contracts.
The Telegram & Gazette (http://bit.ly/SKmc1s) reports that the 62-year-old Waruzila was released on personal recognizance pending sentencing scheduled for June 18. He and his lawyer refused to comment on the verdict.
Waruzila was fired in 2011.
Prosecutors say Waruzila and another state highway official bought a loader and dump truck which they put in a third man’s name, then steered contract that man’s way.
Information from: Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.), http://www.telegram.com