Let's talk for a moment about Tom Hardiman. He was the one who told you about "$5 million. $10 million."
When he was first interviewed by government, I believe in 2006, he raised campaign money for Kilpatrick and he got no special favors. No discussion about being extorted. Time moves forward, and now this normal relationship is transformed into something not normal.
As relationship evolves, he and Bobby become good friends. He said they shared values- believed in values. That is inconsistent with someone who is the victim of extortion.
His partner Avinash Rachmale. Also said that before 1361, they never did work for the city. When there was a problem with their Lakeshore problem, they sent for Ferguson to fix it.
That is another example of someone who takes and oath and doesn't tell the truth. Dilip Patel. That email I showed you where Hardiman is commenting on a decision by Patel not to pay someone. Against that entire backdrop, that man told the stand and said he didn't work for Lakeshore. He even said he doesn't remember how he got an office. He's a partner in a real estate company with Patel's wife.
Mr. Patel is a supervisor with Building and Safety. Patel is leaving his supervisor job by day and punching in to Lakeshore at night. That is conflict of interest.
Rachmale's company writes letter claiming that Patel doesn't work for him.
When I pressed that, he said well I didn't tell the government because I didn't want Patel to get in trouble.
Now let's talk about the $5 million and $10 million contract. Money under 1325 from Archer administration was running out.
Memo from Gary Fujita in July 2002. First paragraph talks about scope of services. This was 1387.
More documents discussing scoring problems. Really struggling with Evelyn's preponderance of exhibits.
So if Ferguson pulled the plug on it, he was pulling the plug on himself.
Let's go to 865, the outfalls contract. More exhibits.
Not keeping up with all the exhibits.
More numbers from the outfalls contract. From the time thy claim they were kicked off, they continued to bill. They were never kicked off.
Lakeshore uses Ferguson to win the outfalls contract. This is a contract where they said Ferguson was paid to do nothing.
Lakeshore makes a side deal with Lanzon's company DCG. After contract is awarded, Lanzo forms DCG. Lanzo does lining work, Ferguson is a dirt guy. Ferguson is supposed to do 36% and do all the digging. after the awarding, Hardiman makes a side deal with Lanzo to elbow Ferguson out.
Ferguson not standing for it. There is a discussion to get him out out of it.
Hardiman says that Angelo offers Ferguson $300,000. Ferguson says I'll make $10 million so he rejected the payout.
Much is made out of the $1.7 million paid to Ferguson. They have set a schedule- Ferguson is getting paid as Lanzo gets paid.
Looking at portion of bid proposal on the outfalls. Ferguson is Detroit-based and should be getting 36% of the contract.
Lanzo not Detroit-based or headquartered.
Ferguson's company has 20 employees proposed and the percentages used to win the contract. Further in proposal about company's background.
Details of Lakeshore's revenues from DWSD. Total contract amount for outfalls was almost $44 million. Ferguson was supposed to get 36% so you can see why DCG wanted to push him out.
DCG wasn't on the original bid. Lanzo knew they'd get more work by pushing him out.