The president of an environmental services company in suburban Chicago, Carl Fioravanti, has been indicted for allegedly obstructing a federal investigation into the grant funding of a hotel demolition project. Fioravanti, the president of Alliance Environmental Control, Inc., is facing one count of obstruction of justice, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison. According to the indictment, Fioravanti submitted an asbestos survey to the Cook County Land Bank Authority in 2017, stating that asbestos was present on the site of the hotel. However, a federal investigation found inconsistencies in the amount of asbestos described in the survey and the amount removed from the property. Fioravanti is accused of altering asbestos waste manifests to impede the investigation. The indictment was announced by the Acting United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois and several federal agencies involved in the investigation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
President of Suburban Chicago Environmental Company Indicted for Allegedly Obstructing Federal Probe Into Grant Funding of Hotel Demolition Project
Overview of the Indictment
The president of an environmental services company in suburban Chicago has been indicted on charges of obstructing a federal investigation into the grant funding of a hotel demolition project. Carl Fioravanti, the president of Alliance Environmental Control, Inc., is facing one count of obstruction of justice, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison. The indictment alleges that Fioravanti attempted to impede and influence the investigation by altering asbestos waste manifests related to the demolition project. Fioravanti has not yet been scheduled for arraignment in federal court.
Background of the Case
Alliance Environmental Control, Inc., based in Lansing, Illinois, specializes in asbestos testing and removal services. In 2017, the Cook County Land Bank Authority hired Alliance to conduct an asbestos survey as part of the preparation for the demolition of the Chicago Park Hotel in Harvey, Illinois. The Land Bank Authority had acquired the hotel with the intention of using a Community Development Block Grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to demolish and repurpose the property.
Details of the Alleged Obstruction
A federal investigation was launched in September 2018 by the HUD Office of Inspector General, the EPA Criminal Investigation Division, and the FBI to determine if Alliance accurately represented the amount of asbestos on the hotel property in its survey. The investigation also examined whether Alliance and the demolition company received Community Development Block Grant funds to which they were not entitled. The indictment alleges that Fioravanti obstructed the investigation by providing altered asbestos waste manifests in response to a subpoena from the HUD-OIG. These manifests misrepresented the quantity of asbestos that had been removed from the hotel site and delivered to the landfill.
Authorities Involved in the Investigation
The investigation into the alleged obstruction of justice by Carl Fioravanti involved several federal agencies. The HUD Office of Inspector General, the EPA Criminal Investigation Division, the FBI, the IRS Criminal Investigation Division, and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service all played a role in the investigation. These agencies worked together to gather evidence and build a case against Fioravanti regarding the alleged obstruction and misuse of grant funding.
Presumption of Innocence
Although Carl Fioravanti has been indicted on charges of obstruction of justice, it is essential to remember that an indictment is not evidence of guilt. In the eyes of the law, Fioravanti is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. He is entitled to a fair trial, during which the government must present evidence to support its case. The burden of proving guilt lies with the government, and Fioravanti has the right to challenge the evidence presented against him.
Potential Penalty for Conviction
If Carl Fioravanti is convicted of obstruction of justice, he could face a maximum sentence of up to 20 years in federal prison. The exact penalty will depend on various factors, including the specific circumstances of the case, any prior criminal history, and applicable sentencing guidelines. The U.S. Sentencing Guidelines will provide a framework for the court to determine an appropriate sentence if Fioravanti is found guilty. It is important to note that the court must impose a reasonable sentence considering both statutory sentencing limits and the advisory guidelines.
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For further information or inquiries regarding this case, please contact the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois. You can reach the office at the following address and phone number:
U.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Illinois