Building Service Contractor Sentenced to Prison for Billing Scam
Owner overbilled Texas city $500,000 for cleaning sports stadium
A janitorial services owner who overbilled the city of San Antonio, TX, US$500,000 for cleaning the Alamodome was sentenced this week to 25 months in federal prison, the Associated Press reports.
Geoffrey Comstock, owner of the Frio Nevado Corp, which does business as Go Professional Environmental Management (Go Pro), serviced the Alamodome, a 64,000-seat, multipurpose facility used as a sports stadium and convention center, from 2002 to 2016. He was indicted and convicted last year of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and six counts of wire fraud.
According to the indictment, Comstock and one of his colleagues, Anna Becerra, submitted invoices which inflated the number of hours their employees worked at the Alamodome. When asked to provide supporting documentation, Comstock and Becerra either personally prepared, or directed other employees to prepare and submit, false timesheets. Investigators identified $504,015 that was overbilled to the city between June 23, 2014 and October 8, 2015.
In addition to prison time, Comstock has been ordered to repay the city more than $358,000.