FBI probes $1M in bid-rigging at UT-San Antonio

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Associated Press

Posted on February 22, 2013 at 4:32 PM

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The FBI is investigating whether contractors and a former project manager at the University of Texas at San Antonio committed more than $1 million in fraud through a bid-rigging scheme.

The San Antonio Express-News reports (http://bit.ly/VAA8cD ) Friday the probe began with a tip last year to the university claiming a contractor was doing work at the home of the former manager, and that the jobs were being invoiced to UTSA. The investigation was broadened to review bids for university work.

An affidavit reveals the FBI obtained a warrant to search the manager's computer and workspace at UTSA. Agents retrieved emails showing inflated bids that were sent to UTSA's purchasing department. The manager was fired by the university last year. The affidavit says he received kickbacks from a trio of contractors.

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