Philadelphia official admits theft in $400k auto shop fraud
Posted September 16
PHILADELPHIA — A former city fleet supervisor in Philadelphia has admitted to theft and conspiracy charges in a scheme that prosecutors say steered work to an auto body shop that overcharged the city more than $400,000.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports (http://bit.ly/2cuCeJN ) Robert Otterson also pleaded guilty Thursday to stealing from city inventory.
Authorities say Otterson qualified an auto body shop for work that didn't have the necessary equipment. The shop had been run by Ronald Galati Sr. and his son, Ronald Jr.
Authorities say Otterson told them what to bid and shared in the ill-gotten proceeds.
Galati Sr. is serving more than 20 years in prison for attempting a failed hit on his daughter's boyfriend. He pleaded no contest to charges. Galati Jr. pleaded guilty.
All three are to be sentenced in December.