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Former U.B. maintenance supervisor facing charges for bid rigging

Posted at 5:40 PM, Sep 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-26 08:25:16-04

A former University at Buffalo employee is now at the center of a bribery investigation. According to the Erie County District Attorney’s office, 63-year-old Dean Yerry took a $100,000 kick-back while working as the maintenance supervisor at U.B.

Investigators said between December 2012 and November 2014, Yerry rigged the bidding process on two painting contracts in exchange for the bribe.

“It was this defendant’s responsibility to ensure that taxpayer funds were spent wisely and properly and that contractors employed by U.B. were the best for the job. He enriched himself at the expense of the U.B. community,” says acting Erie County District Attorney Michael J. Flaherty, Jr. “My office will continue to collaborate with our law enforcement partners to root out public corruption and theft from taxpayers.”

The contracts were worth $1 million.

Yerry retired from the university in 2014 before the charges came to light. He’s currently living in Nevada. He pleaded not guilty to the charges.

If convicted, he could face a maximum of 15 years in prison.