All charges dropped against LPCiminelli executive

Posted at 5:34 PM, Jun 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-01 17:34:53-04

Federal prosecutors have dropped their case against LPCiminelli executive Michael Laipple. 

Laipple was indicted in November 2016 on charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud, and payment of bribes and gratuities. He, along with executive Kevin Schuler and former CEO Louis Ciminelli were charged with bid rigging connected to development projects backed by the state as part of the Buffalo Billion project. 

In court documents filed today, prosecutors said the government has decided that pursuing a corruption case against Laipple "would not be in the best interests of justice."

Laipple was set to stand trial later this month.

Schuler has already pleaded guilty and agreed to work with prosecutors as they continue to build their case against Ciminelli.

Prosecutors did drop a bribery charge against Ciminelli earlier this week. 

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