2 charged with defrauding PennDOT

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The state attorney general’s office has filed charges against two people who allegedly conspired to defraud PennDOT of more than $3.6 million in taxpayer money.

The charges announced Thursday by Attorney General Kathleen Kane are the latest in an ongoing investigation into potential corruption and fraud involving PennDOT District 6 in Philadelphia and surrounding counties.

Kane said a grand jury recommended the charges against Thanh Nguyen and Robert Slamon.

Nguyen, 62, of King of Prussia, received $26 million in contracts for PennDOT maintenance since 2009. The grand jury found he stole at least $3.6 million in public funds.

Slamon, 54, of Shillington, was most recently a PennDOT consultant inspector for Czop Specter Inc. in Norristown. He allegedly facilitated Nguyen’s scheme to defraud public funds intended to maintain state roads, bridges and tunnels, Kane said.

“The grand jury determined that this contractor, already being paid millions of dollars, stole millions more from Pennsylvania taxpayers — and found a state inspector whom he could bribe to help him do so,” Kane said in a news release. “As a result, work was not done and the safety of drivers in five southeastern Pennsylvania counties was put at risk.”

Joseph DeSimone, also a contracted PennDOT inspector, was arrested in April and is facing perjury charges for allegedly lying to the grand jury.

Kane said the investigation continues additional arrests are expected.

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