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Defendants: Jorge Barreiros (DOB: 02/04/61); Ricardo Jimenez (DOB: 07/15/64)

April 3, 2019 -- Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. announced the arrest and arraignment of Jorge Barreiros of Cortlandt Manor and Ricardo Jimenez of Yonkers on charges related to a corrupt kickback scheme which defrauded the Chappaqua Central School District in New Castle, between November 2014 and August 2017. Barreiros was employed by the district as a maintenance staff member.

Earlier today, the two men surrendered to the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office, placed under arrest by DA Criminal Investigators, and were arraigned in New Castle Town Court. They were released on their own recognizance.

Specifically, the men were arraigned on the following felony counts:

  • Barreiros is charged with Corrupting the Government in the First Degree, a class B felony, and Bribe Receiving in the Third Degree, a class D felony.
  • Jimenez is charged with Corrupting the Government in the First Degree, a class B felony, and Bribery in the Third Degree, a class D felony.

Background
The felony complaint alleges the two men together “engaged in a scheme constituting a systematic ongoing course of conduct with intent to defraud” the Chappaqua Central School District (CCSD), and “thereby wrongfully obtained such property, actual services or other resources with a value in excess of $100,000.” As agreed and part of their corrupt scheme, Jimenez, through his own company, RJ Summit Services, Inc., fraudulently billed CCSD for work actually performed by Barreiros and other CCSD staff members directed by Barreiros. In turn, Barreiros approved Jimenez’s fraudulent invoices. Then, after CCSD paid the bill, Jimenez kicked a portion of the CCSD’s payment back to Barreiros.

The Westchester County District Attorney’s Office Investigations Division Public Integrity Bureau launched an investigation over a year ago into this scheme after being contacted by CCSD.
Assistant District Attorney Brian Fitzgerald, Deputy Bureau Chief of the Public Integrity Bureau, is prosecuting the case.

 

Jorge Barreiros

Ricardo Jimenez

Jorge Barreiros Ricardo Jimenez

 In compliance with the Rules of Professional Conduct, Rule 3.6, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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