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Local Address: Hartford, Connecticut, United States
U.S. Contractors , Inc.
622 Commerce St
Clute, Texas 77531
United States

 
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The Hartford Guardian | Tag Archive | Mayor Eddie Perez on Trial
www.thehartfordguardian.com, 13 Sept 2010 [cached]
In addition, the state began and ended with the same two rumors: Perez had city contractor Carlos Costa working on his house for free.
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Also, Costa was indeed a family friend and longtime contributor to Perez's political campaign.
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Perez was arrested last January for accepting home improvements from a city contractor Carlos Costa in return more access.
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Costa testified in court that renovating the mayor's house was the "cost of me doing business with the city. Gailor maintained that Perez repeatedly intervened in matters to help Costa, such as keeping Costa on the 2.4 million Park Street project despite shoddy work and city workers' call to fire Costa.
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Prosecutors also claimed that Perez pressed city workers to expedite payments to Costa.
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Perez's attorney Hubert Santos told the jury that Perez had to intervene through a point person, Charles Crocini, because the relationship between Costa and the city's Department of Public Works had deteriorated.
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The defense also demonstrated that Costa did not receive more access, as he was always calling the mayor's office and at times would not get a return phone call.
Santos also pointed out that Costa was mostly communicating with Perez's wife about the renovations, not Perez.
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In fact, Santos said, Costa's USA Contractors Inc trucks were usually parked outside the mayor's house for all to see.
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His attorney was William Gerace, the same attorney hired by Carlos Costa of USA Contractors Inc. Costa said he worked on the mayor's kitchen and bathroom to get more access.
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The state is accusing Perez of receiving a bribe from Carlos Costa.
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Prosecutors say Perez and in return intervened in the relationship between Costa and the city's Department of Public Works.
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Tags: Carlos Costa, Mayor Eddie Perez on Trial
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Perez is charged with bribe receiving from city contractor Carlos Costa of USA Contractors.
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After allowing Costa to tell his side of the story about his tenuous relationship with the city's Department of Public Works, Attorney Hubert Santos gave a clear sequence of possible events that led up to Costa's work on the mayor's house until its completion in December 2006.
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Costa had access to Perez since 2003.
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Santos offered that a blown up colored photo of Costa, Perez and Julio Mendoza, former executive director of the Spanish American Merchant Association, were of buddies.
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The posed picture, Santos said, was at a fundraiser event organized by Costa at his nightclub.
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Costa agreed.
Costa met Perez and his wife Maria at Home Depot in West Hartford and during a conversation there, Costa learned that the mayor and his wife had ordered countertops from Home Depot. Costa met Perez and his wife Maria at Home Depot in West Hartford and during a conversation there, Costa learned that the mayor and his wife had ordered countertops from Home Depot.
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Costa invited them to his showroom on Airport Road.
Costa said he didn't remember that conversation. But he can always do a job cheaper.
Costa began renovations at the mayor's house about April 2005. It was his first home improvement job because he mostly did commercial properties. Initially, the job was only to be the kitchen countertop. Then Costa said he and Maria talked about the bathroom and Costa told Maria that the job "won't be a big problem. But then it turned into a big and drawn out problem. For days, Costa's trucks emblazoned with his company name "USA Contractors" was parked in the mayor's driveway and visible for all to see, Santos said, because the mayor wasn't hiding anything.
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After the job at the house was finished in December 2006, Costa started to gather information from memory for a bill because he wasn't keeping a record of the job. But he was unaware of the investigation at that point.
Santos also asked Costa if he remembered that Julio Mendoza asked for a bill for Perez. Costa agreed with most of Santos' story, including the fact that he failed to mention that to the grand jury.
The prosecutor revealed that Costa had the mayor's cell phone and called him several times during 2005 and 2006. And that Costa did not expect the mayor to pay. Prosecutors claimed that it was only after Perez learned about an investigation he sought a bill and took out a mortgage to pay Costa.
During the time Costa's company worked on Perez's house, Costa was still trying to gain "more access" to Perez.
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Costa agreed.
Santos hammered out the point that Costa really didn't get more access to the mayor.
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And the mayor refused to pay Costa the claim he put in to the Hartford's Department of Public Works. That's why Costa is now suing the city for about $2 million.
The suit claims that Costa did work above and beyond the contracted amount because of the city's mismanagement and failure to manage unanticipated delays and demands of the project, such as removing materials from underground and delays caused by Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, the busiest period of the shopping season for merchants on Park Street.
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Costa also sent several emails to get appointments with the mayor. One email was to invite the mayor to an event he was having for several Dominicans.
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Costa is expected to take the stand again on Tuesday.
Posted in Hartford, NeighborhoodComments Off
Tags: Carlos Costa, Mayor Eddie Perez on Trial
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HARTFORD - A picture of city contractor Carlos Costa emerged on day three of the state's case against Mayor Eddie Perez for bribery and larceny.
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Costa, a soft-spoken man of Portuguese and Brazilian descent, is the owner of USA Contractors Inc and the state's star witness.
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Costa said he felt he should handle the work himself. But he never requested a deposit or offered an invoice to Perez and his wife, Maria.
Costa said that chit chat conversations with Maria led to him adding a steam shower, then tiling and then a Jacuzzi. The work meandered along and was then interrupted by Maria's illness. She had a brain aneurysm and was admitted to St. Francis Hospital. At no time did Perez or Maria offer to pay for the work he was doing, Costa said. And he didn't expect any payment from Perez because he figured "it was the cost of doing business with the city."
Costa, who is facing bribery charges, said he hopes that by giving testimony the state will consider giving him leniency.
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Then at 3:35 p.m. it was the defense's turn to question Costa. And the story expanded. Defense Attorney Hubert Santos revealed that Costa had developed a close relationship with Maria during the long renovation.
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In the summer of 2005 when Maria became ill and went to the hospital, Costa visited her and left a card with her son. The card read in part: Dear Maria...We missed you at the house.... The work is almost done."
Santos said that when Costa went back over to Perez's house he spoke to Perez who said he wanted to take care of the bill but it might take a while. According to defense attorney Hubert Santos, Costa said to Perez: "Don't worry, take care of your wife.
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Costa said he did not recall that conversation.
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When Costa gave Perez the bill, he said Perez was "shocked."
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Then Santos digged deeper and gave us the real powerful person buried inside the bear of a man that is Costa.
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Costa had called the mayor when he was in his tussle with the department of public works. He would usually get Perez's aide, Charles Crocini, an attorney and an engineer who was at that time mediating the caustic relationship between Costa and the DPW, a relationship that was "at a point of no return."
In addition, Costa up until 2007 had never done home improvement. His main business was commercial contracting and he has been working with the city since mid 1990s. His first big job was a garage on Church Street.
He has even worked on the Groton Substation, the largest demolition contract, ever, he said. And he had always put in competitive bids for contracts and never felt the need to bribe anyone, he said.Costa was also a big-time fundraiser for the mayor in his 2001, 2003 and 2007 election campaigns. His
Carlos Costa, president and ...
biz.yahoo.com, 17 Aug 2007 [cached]
Carlos Costa, president and chief executive of USA Contractors, said the failure by him and the mayor to get a building permit was an "innocent mistake."
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Costa said his company began kitchen renovations in 2005 and the project eventually expanded to bathrooms.During that time the mayor's wife, Maria, had health problems and, as a result, the project progressed "in fits and starts," Costa said.
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Costa said investigators asked him why the bill was not submitted earlier and he explained it was due to his sensitivity to the Maria Perez's health problems.
Latinopundit
www.latinopundit.com, 2 Oct 2007 [cached]
Carlos Costa, a contractor who was awarded a $5 million city streetscape contract, did $40,000 in kitchen and bathroom renovations at Perez's home.
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