Man guilty of defrauding city in set-aside contract

April 09, 1994|By Michael A. Fletcher RTC | Michael A. Fletcher RTC,Sun Staff Writer

A former Anne Arundel County paving contractor pleaded guilty yesterday to fraud for having his company pose as a woman-owned business to win a paving contract at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

Norman W. Greenwald, 37, the former vice president of Odenton-based N. Greenwald Inc. pavers, could get a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $20,000 fine. Sentencing has been set for June 8 in Baltimore City Circuit Court.

According to the state attorney general's office, Mr. Greenwald won a subcontract on the stadium parking lot job by representing himself as Polonia Construction Co., a certified minority business headed by Halina Tumos, a Prince George's County resident.

The two agreed in 1990 that Mr. Greenwald would use the Polonia name to compete for state contracts that are set aside for companies controlled by women and minorities. In return, he would pay Ms. Tumos 2.5 percent of the contract amount, the attorney general's office said in a statement.

On the stadium job -- worth more than $300,000 if it had been completed -- Mr. Greenwald paid Ms. Tumos her fee, as well as $500 to sign the contract, the statement said. In all, Ms. Tumos received more than $5,000 for the use of her company's name.

While building the parking lot, Greenwald employees attended construction progress meetings, posing as Polonia representatives. They also submitted altered Greenwald weekly payrolls as Polonia payrolls, the statement said.

"Shell games like this undermine the reason for the [minority business enterprise] program, and we will continue to take every opportunity to prosecute those people who try to take what is not rightfully theirs," Attorney General J. Joseph Curran said in the statement.

Ms. Tumos has been charged separately; her case is scheduled to be heard next month.

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