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Former Crawford County 911 director sentenced to probation

Updated February 24, 2014: The former Crawford County 911 director and a Pittsburg business owner have each been sentenced to two years of probation for alleged mail and wire fraud.

John Gagliardo and George Washington, of Washington Electronics, had been indicted in a bid scheme for municipal contracts.

The two had been accused of submitting bids for equipment from fictitious companies that were much higher than Washington Electronics, that way Washington would win the jobs.


Updated June 12, 2013 by Lisa Olliges:  The Crawford County 911 director made his first appearance in federal court on Wednesday.  John Gagliardo and a local business owner were indicted for mail and wire fraud last month.  The two entered a plea of not guilty and have been released on $10,000 bond.

In the meantime Gagliardo's duties have been divided among several county offices.

The Geographical Information Systems office is handling 911 addressing; the county clerk is paying 911's bills; and, the sheriff's office has a dispatcher who's entering 911 data into the system.

But Crawford County Sheriff Dan Peak has come up with a plan to streamline that process, creating a direct link between Craw Kan Phone Cooperative and AT&T.

Sheriff Peak, who has been on the 911 board, says being more involved in daily operations of 911 revealed a better option for data entry.  That begins at Craw-Kan Telephone when someone gets a new address and phone line.

"Craw-Kan provides us with information they have, we enter that data into our commputers, with the streamlining of this and the trunks that are going to open up between Craw-Kan and AT&T that's going to provide us an opportunity to allow AT&T to do all our data entry for us," says Sheriff Peak.

The change eliminates a third person from having to enter the data, saving both time and reducing the risk for inaccurate information.

"The benefit of that hopefully is more continuity of service and more consistency," says Sheriff Peak.  "Also, it takes the load off what is already a very busy dispatch and busy dispatcher."

Sheriff Peak says it's important that new county residents address information gets into the system quickly and there are times when dispatchers have other priorities.

Gagliardo is currently suspended from the part-time director position pending the outcome of the court case.

 

Updated May 27, 2013:  A grand jury indicts two Pittsburg men in a bid scheme for municipal contracts.

The federal indictment names a local business operator and the Crawford County 911 director.

Both John Gagliardo and George Washington of Washington Electronics face two counts of attempted mail fraud and attempted wire fraud.

The two  are accused of devising a scheme to create multiple bids to local governments for 911 equipment or storm warning equipment.

They allegedly  submitted bids from fictitious companies called K Communications of Scammon and K Sirens of Scammon that were much higher than Washington Electronics, that way Washington would win the jobs.

Gagliardo also faces 10 counts of lying to federal investigators.

If convicted both could face a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison and $250,000 fines on each fraud charge.

 

Posted May 25, 2013 by Lindsey Henry - From the U.S. Attorney's Office, The Kansas Division:

John L. Gagliardo, 60, Pittsburg, Kan., and George Washington, 50, Pittsburg, Kan., are charged with two counts of attempted mail fraud and two counts of attempted wire fraud. In addition, Gagliardo is charged with 10 counts of making false statements to the FBI. The crimes are alleged to have occurred in 2010 and 2011 in Crawford County, Kan.

The indictment alleges that while Gagliardo was employed as the 911 Director for Crawford County, Kan., he and Washington, who owned Washington Electronics in Pittsburg, devised a scheme to fraudulently obtain bids to multiple local governments for 911 equipment or storm warning equipment under the name of Washington Electronics. They submitted fraudulent bids using the names of fictitious companies such as K-Communications of Scammon, Kan., and K-Sirens of Scammon, Kan., to make it appear multiple competitive bids had been submitted. In reality, the fictitious bids were always higher in costs than the bids presented by Washington Electronics, ensuring that Washington Electronics would be the winning bidder.

If convicted, they face a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on each of the wire fraud and mail fraud charges. In addition, Gagliardo faces a maximum penalty of five years and a fine up to $250,000 on each count of making a false statement to investigators. The KBI and the FBI investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lanny Welch is prosecuting.

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