PA man guilty in Ulster senior project kickback scheme

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WHITE PLAINS – A Lititz, Pennsylvania man was convicted on Friday by a federal jury on charges connected with a scam to defraud the US Department of Housing and Urban Development in connection with the construction of Vineyards Commons, a senior housing project in Ulster County.
General contractor JK Scanlan Company, Inc. entered into falsely inflated contracts with Shawnlee Construction, Inc., a subsidiary of Universal Forest Products, Inc., for which the defendant, Robert Lees, 62, had responsibility to be the subcontractors responsible for framing and rough carpentry.
Lees was among those who were involved in kickback schemes.  He was convicted of conspiracy, mail fraud, money laundering and making false statements in a loan application following a seven-day trial in White Plains federal court.
When sentenced in November, Lees could face up to 60 years in federal prison.