NY Post - December 22, 2008by MURRAY WEISS, LAURA ITALIANO and GINGER ADAMS OTIS
Three construction execs and a mob-linked subcontractor have been indicted in the deaths of two firefighters in the 2007 Deutsche Bank fire, law-enforcement sources said last night.
Mitchell Alvo, an official of the John Galt Corp. subcontractor, faces the most serious charges, for allegedly ordering hardhats to cut the standpipe supplying water to upper floors of the 41-story building at Ground Zero, the sources said.
He has been charged with either reckless manslaughter or criminally negligent homicide.
Jeffrey Melofchik, a site safety manager for Bovis Lend Lease, faces charges of criminally negligent homicide for allegedly failing to uncover the standpipe cutting.
Bovis, which manages the demolition of the building, irreparably damaged on 9/11, hired Galt to do the work. Bovis has not been indicted; Galt has, the sources said.
A third man who actually cut the pipe also has been charged, the sources said.
Alvo and Melofchik were to surrender this morning to the Manhattan DA's Office, which will issue a report blasting the FDNY in the deaths of firefighters Robert Beddia and Joseph Graffagnino.
Alvo declined to comment, as did Melofchik's lawyer.
The indictments follow a 16-month probe into the Aug. 17, 2007, blaze in which the two firefighters were trapped on the 17th floor with no water.
Prosecutors told a grand jury that months before, Alvo ordered the standpipe cut even though he knew that move could be a safety risk.
The DA decided not to indict the city because of the difficulty of proving that a city employee directly caused the firefighters' deaths.
But the DA's report will cite the FDNY for failing to regularly inspect the site.
Additional reporting by Andy Geller