Lake County man charged in Cuyahoga County corruption probe

2:37 PM, Dec 6, 2011   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- Federal attorneys say a former manager of a business got cash, gifts, trips to Las Vegas and gift cards.

In a bill of information filed just before 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, U.S. attorneys allege Pat Boyce, a former facilities manager for the local office of Philips Medical Systems identified as "Business 13" in the bill of information, received bribes and kickbacks from DAS Construction's Steve Pumper.

Boyce, 63, of Willoughby Hills, was charged with one count of mail fraud and honest services mail fraud as part of the ongoing investigation into corruption in Cuyahoga County.

Boyce's "Business 13" had an office in the Greater Cleveland area, according to the infromation.

Steven Wayne Pumper was the chief executive officer of DAS Construction and an officer in DAS Development, Inc.

From on or about 1990 through on or about May 23, 2008, Boyce and Pumper devised a scheme to defraud Business 13 of money, property and the intangible right to the honest services of Boyce and others.

Pumper provided things of value to Boyce and other company officials in return for their influence in awarding contracts to DAS, according to the information.

Among the things Pumper provided to Boyce were: several cash payments to Boyce of approximately $2,000 for a total of approximately $5,000 to $7,000; two trips to Las Vegas; several gift cards valued at $2,000 each; two to four tickets to each of approximately 11 professional sporting events and several repairs to Boyce's home and the homes of other Business 13 employees and their families, according to the information.

Business 13 prohibited its employees from using the company's contractors to perform work on their personal residences.

DAS did not bill Boyce and other Business 13 employees for the work on their homes, or billed them at a significant discount, according to the information.

Pumper inflated DAS invoices to Business 13 to compensate DAS for some of the costs incurred by giving things of value to Boyce and other Business 13 employees, according to the information.

From in or about 2003 through May 23, 2008, Business 13 paid DAS approximately $9,104,449 on various contracts. As a result of the schemes described, DAS generated profits on those contracts of approximately $1.7 million, according to the information.

Pumper, 45, already pleaded guilty to nine corruption-related crimes, charges that could send him to prison for more that six years. Pumper has been cooperating with authorities and will be sentenced after he testifies during the upcoming trial of former Cuyahoga Count Commissioner Jimmy Dimora.

A bill is filed when the defendant is cooperating with authorities. DAS Construction is located in Garfield heights.

In recorded conversations, on or about January 3, 2008, Boyce and Pumper had a conversation about future work for DAS after which Boyce asked for four tickets to a Cleveland Cavaliers game against Phoenix. Pumper agreed to provide them, stating that he had "a box."

In another conversation about a California warehouse job, Boyce solicited, and Pumper agreed to pay, a $25,000 kickback. Pumper never made the payment because Business 13 reduced the scope of work to approximately $350,000.

On or about February 2008, Pumper and Boyce discussed DAS renovating Business 13's home office in Cleveland at an estimated cost of $1,640,000.

Boyce solicited and Pumper agreed to pay a $50,000 kickback in exchange for the work.

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