Grand jury indicts Roseville man

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A Roseville man was indicted for defrauding the City of Sacramento on bids for water meter retrofit projects. United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced Aug. 4 that on July 22, a federal grand jury returned a 13-count indictment charging Peter Scott, 47, of Roseville and Robert “Robbie” Scott, Jr., 32, of Sacramento with conspiracy and making false contractor’s bonds, bids and public records, according to a release from Wagner’s office. The indictment charges Peter Scott and Robert Scott with the submission of fraudulent bonds to support eight bids for water meter retrofit projects in Sacramento. After being awarded two of the contracts, they submitted additional fraudulent bonds to guarantee payment and performance of the projects. The bonds were not issued by a legitimate bonding company and contained the name of a fictional attorney. The total cost of the two projects was approximately $3.5 million, the release stated. The water meter project was funded by the city of Sacramento and federal stimulus money provided by the Environmental Protection Agency. “It is imperative that the American taxpayers be assured that their hard-earned dollars are being well spent,” Wagner said in the release. “To that end, this office will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to find and prosecute those who would try to abuse and misuse public funds for private gain.” Drew Parenti, special agent in charge of the Sacramento Federal Bureau of Investigations office, said this case adversely affected many victims. “(Victims are) the federal government, the City of Sacramento and most importantly U.S. taxpayers,” Parenti said. “The abuse of government funds intended to jump start the economy, save jobs and help those struggling cities and counties across the country simply cannot be tolerated.” The maximum statutory penalty for conspiracy is five years imprisonment, a fine of $250,000 and a three-year term of supervised release. The maximum penalty for making false contractor’s bonds, bids and public records is 10 years in prison. ~ Staff report