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Brick Served Subpoena in Birdsall Investigation

Seaside Heights, Lacey, Toms River and Ocean County were also served subpoenas

A subpoena has been served to Brick Township pertaining to the municipality’s business with Birdsall Services Group, a Monmouth County-based engineering and consulting firm that has been under investigation by the state.

The subpoena was issued by the state grand jury sitting in Trenton and was served on multiple municipalities that transact business with Birdsall Engineering, officials across the area said. 

All of the municipalities served have two weeks to turn over requested documentation.

In Brick, Birdsall has served as the township engineer for about 15 years, handling the bulk of the township's engineering services.

Business Administrator Scott Pezarras said the township received the subpoena on Friday and it requested proposals and contracts dating back to 2008.

Toms River also received a subpoena, Business Administrator Paul Shives confirmed.

Shives said the township is in the process of gathering all its documents for the grand jury. Materials from January 2008 onward were requested.

"It requires the production of documents including engineering proposals, contracts, letters, email communication, invoices, and copies of payments to Birdsall Engineering and/or any of the subsidiary companies for the period of time from January of 2008 to the present."

He said the township only contracted with Birdsall twice in that period.

Lacey township received the subpoena during the afternoon on Wednesday, Aug. 22. The subpoena asks for any and all records relating to Birdsall Engineering, Township Administrator and Municipal Clerk Veronica Laureigh said.

“It doesn’t concern me because I know from my dealings with Birdsall, anytime we approved a contract with them, we’ve scrutinized them pretty closely,” Mayor Mark Dykoff said.

On Wednesday, May 3, state investigators executed a search warrant at the offices of Birdsall Services Group. The exact reason for the investigation is currently unknown.

According to an NJ.com story, Birdsall did more than $28 million in business with towns, counties, the state and other public agencies throughout New Jersey in 2011. The company also donated $129,700 to dozens of Democrats and Republicans last year.

“What happened in other towns, I can’t say. “We’ve always followed a fair and open process when we award a contract,” Dykoff said. “They’re just checking back on transactions and contracts that we had with Birdsall for a period of time.”

Currently, the only business the township is doing with Birdsall is a to be built in Lacey upon Oyster Creek’s closure in 2019, Dykoff said.

The subpoena orders the requested documents for a state grand jury in Trenton at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 6.

Toms River Regional Business Administrator Bill Doering said the school district was not subpoenad.

Other entities served subpoenas for their work with Birdsall include Seaside Heights and the county government.

Ryan Meyers August 28, 2012 at 06:26 PM
Would have to imagine, most knew this was coming.
BBW August 28, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Time to catch up to dirty dealings and payoffs. No one would ever believe it if someone said the old guard politicians were getting greased by Birdsall and other contractors. Family ties to politics in this town is also a big problem.
BW August 28, 2012 at 10:30 PM
Can you hear that? yup silence they are all rehearsing their stories to throw each other under the bus to save their own butts!
IGGY August 29, 2012 at 01:07 PM
I wonder if Scott Mc Fadden can get the same cell that Scarpelli had
forthekids August 29, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Look out, first the FEDS investigating because of the Brick BOE and Housing Authority dealings with corrupt insurance broker Francis X Gartland, I wonder who in Brick was receiving Garland's bribes??? Bet Mike the Rat knows and has told the Feds, now the State is after our fat cats because of Birdsall, who has been taking money from Birdsall??? THE PIGS CONTINUE TO FEED FROM THE TROUGH<BUT THE WALLS ARE CAVING IN< CAN"T WAIT FOR THE ARRESTS!!!! Time to do the the perp walk. Shhhh! Be very very quiet it's dirty corrupt politician season.
brick resident August 29, 2012 at 01:36 PM
Scott MacFadden is a great guy. He has done a lot of good for this town. It's a shame that his reputation has to suffer because of the actions of others.
BBW August 29, 2012 at 01:51 PM
Would be interesting if they investigated family ties in the politics, policies, preferential treatment of the employees of the town. Normally I might say "this town is so tight vaseline can't help" but I'm feeling generous today so I won't say that. Never seen a town or city who didn't try to out do the "stuff" that goes on in Washington. Problem in Washington is that each party no matter what they say or do supply plenty of lubricant mixed with a substantial amount of lidocaine and scopolamine (zombie drug) to treat the public. What he say? What war? What rights? I forgot, but I can't feel a thing so it doesn't matter.
JHill August 29, 2012 at 02:03 PM
Here comes the next wave of indictments/prosecutions from all the info Rittacco gave the feds.
Betty Ann August 29, 2012 at 02:13 PM
Can someone clarify something that I heard several years ago, during the previous Mayor's term and work with Mr. McFaddon who was an employee of Brick at that time. Is it accurate that when Mr. Scarpelli resigned, or whatever he had to do back then.... was Mr. McFadden an employee of Brick as well? And is it also correct that he resigned prior to being indited as well? Is it also correct to say that after Mr. McFadden left Brick Twp, he went to Birdsall? If this is not correct, can anyone clarify? Thank you.
brick resident August 29, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Yes, Mr. MacFadden was an employee at the time of Scarpelli. He was thoroughly investigated and cleared. There was never any indication of him being Indicted or getting in trouble. He left to pursue the private sector.
Brick Resident August 29, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Scott is a stand up guy! He is one of the most ethical people you would ever know. Its a shame people can make negative comments on here about other people without knowing any facts.
Betty Ann August 29, 2012 at 06:29 PM
@ Brick resident: thank you for clarifying. By "private sector" you are meaning Birdsall Engineering? Does the township ever go out to bid for the township's engineering services, which are also used downstairs near the construction department, and that at least one Birdsall employee is paid by Brick for their services?
brick resident August 29, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Yes, the Township goes out to bid every year. The Township also uses five or six engineering companies besides Birdsall.
Jerseyclone August 29, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Little Stevie Acrapolis and Scotty boy can share a cell. They use to meet early(7:00 AM ) in Ronnie's now Bennies on Mantoloking road and sit at the far back corner table. I am sure they were not discussing the weather.
Betty Ann August 29, 2012 at 06:53 PM
holy cow. Who cares where they eat breakfast? When I worked for a fortune 100 company president, we also went out for breakfast. No one posted that on the company bulletin board. Am I missing something with this picture?
Shelly August 29, 2012 at 07:38 PM
OMG, lock them up for eating breakfast together at 7:00 am!!! lol. You must be joking. Unbelievable how people think something bad must be going on because two people meet for breakfast. Ridiculous.
Betty Ann August 29, 2012 at 08:43 PM
@ Shelly,,,, so true. See my posting below yours.
MAJ August 29, 2012 at 10:26 PM
Lets not jump to conclusions and let the process work. Dirt or no dirt. No need for mud slinging. Enough bad news and feelings. Lets look at positive things. Change the bad This is what happens when we the people sit idle and let government do as THEY wish. WE Should always watch, listen and interject when we are not sure what goes on.
MAJ August 29, 2012 at 10:28 PM
We should ALWAYS audit the process. People tend to behave differently (Better) when they know they are being watched.
Mrgrumpass August 29, 2012 at 10:33 PM
Ann the juvianls are begining ounce more!
BBW August 31, 2012 at 04:36 AM
McFadden may have ben a stand up guy but he and everybody in the building dept. knew what was going down. The building Dept's people rarely if ever inspected anything. I personaly think the unnamed party in the Scarpelli scandel was Charles Kushner regarding the Wedgwood Place project. I could be wrong but............
OldCoolBlues April 03, 2013 at 11:08 AM
Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.

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