Ex-construction exec pleads guilty in Bloomberg bribery scheme case

A former Turner Construction Company executive pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiring with his cohorts to steal $15 million from Bloomberg LP in a decade-long, bid-rigging and bribery scheme.

Vito Nigro, an ex-project superintendent, copped to one count of first-degree grand larceny for his role in the scam that overcharged ex-Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s financial services company for interior work on its sprawling offices at 1209 Park Ave. and 919 Third Ave.

Former Turner Vice President Ronald Olson pleaded guilty to the same charge last week. The men have been promised a minimum sentence of one to three years in prison and a maximum of three to nine.

The guilty pleas come after the conspiracy’s mastermind, Bloomberg’s ex-Head of Global Construction Anthony Guzzone, copped to first-degree grand larceny in August in exchange for three to nine years in prison.

His sidekick, Bloomberg former construction manager Michael Campana, copped to third-degree money laundering and agreed to pay $239,800 in restitution — after using some of the illicit proceeds for his 2017 wedding. He was promised one year in jail.

“All of the executives indicted in this scheme will serve jail time,” said District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. “The integrity of New York City’s construction industry is threatened by pay-to-play corruption, which drives up costs and can drive down quality.”

For 10 years, Guzzone and his associates passed insider information to subcontractors to help them secure bids for lucrative construction jobs. They had the vendors overcharge or charge for work that wasn’t performed and pocketed the difference, according to court papers.  In return for the contracts, the subcontractors gave the execs cash, lavish gifts and performed free renovations on their homes.

Guzzone, who was raking in a salary of $500,0000 at Bloomberg, used the millions he got in bribes to build an ostentatious McMansion with elephant statues gracing the entrance in Middletown, N.J., according to prosecutors.

The four defendants, who are scheduled to be sentenced in state court later this year, were also convicted of federal tax crimes in the Southern District of New York in connection to the scheme.

Owners of more than 22 subcontracting companies have pleaded guilty for their roles in the sweeping fraud and have paid $8.8 million in restitution, according to the DA’s Office.