Developer of failed Harrisburg project gets 7 years in prison

The developer who left Harrisburg with an eyesore when his construction project failed more than five years ago will spend seven years in a federal prison.

David R. Dodd II, 45, of Mechanicsburg, was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court to 87 months of imprisonment for money laundering and misusing federal funds.

He was also ordered to pay about $21 million in restitution in the
case involving the unfinished Capitol View Commerce Center at N.
Cameron and Herr streets.

Dodd, who pleaded guilty to the charges in November 2011, was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals immediately after the sentencing.

Prosecutors said Dodd wrongfully obtained over $1 million in funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development by concealing his interest in a company that purchased pre-cast concrete forms for the construction of the building.

Authorities said Dodd also kept $860,454 in HUD funds that he received through programs administered by the City of Harrisburg and Dauphin County. The funds were supposed to go to contractors for their work on Capital View.

The unpaid contractors walked off the job in 2008.

A Northumberland County trucking company, Moran Industries, announced in November that it purchased the nine-acre property for about $250,000.

The company planned to invest $10 million into the vacant 215,000 square-foot building and transform it into a logistics hub.


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