Man admits he solicited construction kickbacks

June 29, 1993|By Norris P. West | Norris P. West,Staff Writer

A Miami man admitted yesterday to soliciting kickbacks from a construction company that was renovating nursing homes in Millersville and Denton.

Edwin J. Mason, 64, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Baltimore to one count of interstate transportation of stolen property. Chief Judge Walter E. Black Jr. set sentencing for Oct. 1.

Under federal guidelines, Mason could receive eight to 21 months in prison, depending on whether Judge Black determines that he received more than $120,000 in kickbacks and other factors.

Mason admitted to charges in a federal indictment that he illegally received kickbacks from September 1987 to June 1989 while he was vice president of support services at Concord Healthcare Corp. of Wilmington, Del.

The indictment charges that he received $140,000 in kickbacks and lists three nursing home renovation projects where this occurred, including two in Maryland.

Mason was responsible for supervising the renovations of Concord-owned Knollwood Manor Nursing Home in Millersville and Edenton House in Denton in 1988 and 1989.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Ira L. Oring said William Mantalvanos, owner of B&M Contractors of Worcester, Mass., proposed renovating Edenton House for $305,000. But Mason caused him to submit a second bid for $389,000.

Mr. Oring said that Mason also rejected a $68,845 B&M proposal for Knollwood Manor, causing Mr. Mantalvanos to submit a bid for $88,845. Mr. Oring said that Mason caused Mr. Mantalvanos to give him kickbacks that were the differences between the first and second proposals.

Mason's lawyer, Sky E. Smith, said after the court hearing that Mr. Mantalvanos initiated the scheme.

Mr. Oring said that Mr. Mantalvanos has not been charged.

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