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United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz
District of Massachusetts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2009
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VOCATIONAL SCHOOL EMPLOYEE ADMITS MAKING FALSE STATEMENTS

BOSTON, MA - A Bradford man pled guilty yesterday to a one-count information filed in federal court, accusing him of making false statements to the federal government.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Brian M. Hickey, Special Agent in Charge of the federal Department of Education’s Office of Inspector General; and Gregory W. Sullivan, Inspector General of the Massachusetts Department of Education, announced today that JOSEPH GIORDANO, age 63, of Bradford, MA, pled guilty to a single count of making a false statement relating to a scheme in which GIORDANO used his position as the Coordinator of Community Education at Whittier Regional Vocational-Technical School (“Whittier”), to obtain funds provided to the school under federal grants. GIORDANO did this by creating a company, MDG Education which he controlled, and approving invoices from MDG to Whittier for services relating to faculty enrichment courses. MDG was not a Whittier-approved vendor. The services supposedly provided by MDG were services that GIORDANO typically performed in the course of his usual duties for Whittier. GIORDANO, through MDG, billed Whittier at a higher rate than Whittier would have paid for faculty enrichment courses had there been no MDG involvement.

GIORDANO faces up to 5 years of imprisonment and a $250,000 fine. As part of a plea agreement with the federal government, GIORDANO has agreed to pay back $15,049.00 that he wrongfully obtained, plus a $10,000.00 fine. In addition, GIORDANO agreed to a three-year period of probation.

The case was investigated by both the federal and state Departments of Education. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Kanwit of Ortiz's Major Crimes Unit.


 
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