Grand Jury Issues Subpoena on Landfill Deals

ABC6 is reporting that a criminal investigation has begun into the payment of some $12 million to Recovermat for work that was apparently not done properly.


A federal grand jury has issued a subpoena for information about the $12 million paid to Recovermat Inc. by — some of which has been awarded to the Central Landfill operator in a lawsuit settlement, ABC6 News is reporting.

Anchor Mark Curtis posted an article on the television station's website yesterday that quotes Johnston Mayor Joseph Polisena as saying that "people should go to jail" over the deal.

Curtis also reported that Cranston lawyer Edward Maggiacomo apparently consulted for both companies involved in the contract, which gave Recovermat the rights to recycle construction debris at the landfill.

The Providence Journal reported on Apr. 30 that Maggiacomo served as a lawyer for Resource Recovery and a lobbyist for Recovermat between 2001 and 2007. The newspaper also reported on Maggiacomo's testimony that Domenic Ragosta, a former chairman of the landfill's board of directors, received more than $726,000 from the deal.

In 2008, following an audit of the company and its dealings, then-Gov. Donald Carcieri nominated a new board of directors for Resource Recovery to replace the previous members who had overseen what the audit called "irregularities and appearances of impropriety," according to the Journal.

During a recent live chat on JohnstonPatch, last December — following last fall's odor problems at the landfill — remains in place.


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