Friday, December 15, 2017

Janitor Found Guilty of Overcharging Alamodome $500k for Cleaning Services

Posted By on Fri, Dec 15, 2017 at 11:38 AM

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The owner of a San Antonio janitorial company has been convicted of seven charges relating to an invoice scam, after he overcharged the city more than $500,000 to clean the Alamodome.

Geoffrey Comstock, who owns the Frio Nevada Corporation, submitted fake invoices from 2014 to 2016 in which the company over-counted the number of employees and hours worked, racking up more than $500,000 in surplus charges, according court documents. Frio Nevada, which also operates as Go Professional Environmental Management, was contracted to clean the Alamodome from 2002 to 2016.

Comstock was convicted on December 13 of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and six counts of wire fraud. Because the Alamodome is operated by the City of San Antonio, it was the city that footed the half a million in overcharges. Comstock may have to pay the city around $1.5 million — the total amount the city paid Frio Nevada between 2014 to 2016, including the overcharges, according to his indictment.

Comstock and one of his employees, Anna Becerra, were indicted in October on conspiracy to commit wire fraud charges, months after the city terminated their contract with Comstock’s company for billing discrepancies, reports. Unlike Comstock, Becerra was found not guilty of the fraud charges on Wednesday.

Comstock’s sentencing trial will begin early in 2018, and he could face up to 20 years in prison for each count.

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