TribLIVE

| News


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Prosecutors accuse Carmel, Ind., man of accepting bribes from Springdale businessman

Daily Photo Galleries

Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, 5:51 p.m.
 

A Carmel, Ind., businessman committed mail fraud when he had a Fox Chapel businessman send kickbacks to a company he set up to disguise the money he stole from his employer, federal prosecutors said in court documents filed on Wednesday.

Mark M. Palombaro, a former senior vice president of Simon Property Group Inc. of Indianapolis, agreed to use his influence in 2006 and 2008 to have the company award two West Coast mall construction contracts to a Springdale construction company owned by Robert E. Crawford, 54, prosecutors say.

In return, Crawford paid Palombaro $766,000 in kickbacks. The checks went to Abby Inc., of which Palombaro was president, prosecutors say.

The charges filed Wednesday were in an information instead of an indictment, which indicates that Palombaro cooperated with investigators and plans to plead guilty.

There was no answer at Palombaro's home phone and no attorney is listed for him in court documents.

Crawford pleaded guilty in June to mail fraud and filing a false personal income tax return in June and is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 13. At his plea hearing, he admitted to bribing Palombaro and padding the invoices he sent to Simon Property Group for work on the two projects.

Simon Property Group sued both men in 2008, and Palombaro settled his part of the lawsuit by agreeing to repay the money, according to court documents.

Brian Bowling is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-325-4301 or bbowling@tribweb.com.

 

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. Steelers cut linebacker Kion Wilson, sign cornerback Toler
  2. Five questions facing Steelers entering training camp
  3. Real estate executive Hanna’s gifts target needy Western Pa. families
  4. 3 ways to dig up dirt on people
  5. Statistically speaking: Rockies’ bullpen suffering meltdowns
  6. New Kensington-Arnold principals given new duties to reflect realignment
  7. North Huntingdon woman charged with threatening to burn down officer’s house
  8. Annual Rural Valley festival kicks off Thursday
  9. 2014 has been among deadliest for the world’s airline industry
  10. A fair, and fitting, tribute
  11. South Buffalo Township woman accused of stealing nearly $13K from employer
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.