Prison For Deutsche Building Scammer: Robert Chiarappa Gets 7.5 Years In Jail

NY Daily News - October 21, 2009

by Melissa Grace

An ex-contractor was sentenced to up to 7-1/2 years in prison Tuesday for his role in a scheme to steal $1.2 million from the demolition of the Deutsche Bank building.

Robert Chiarappa, 45, will spend at least 2-1/2 years behind bars for the 15-month ripoff at the ill-fated building.

A former purchasing agent for John Galt Corp., Chiarappa admitted he ordered vendors to submit fake bills to the Lower Manhattan Development Corp. for the demolition of the bank building, which was severely damaged on 9/11.

The scheme extended beyond an August 2007 fire at the building that killed two city firefighters: Chiarappa signed off on false bills to an insurance company.

The burly Chiarappa agreed to pay $511,000 in restitution as his lawyer called him the low man in a conspiracy of at least three other people. "He's a very nice man who is very susceptible to temptation," lawyer Philip Gaynor said.

All four defendants have pleaded guilty.

Chiarappa used the cash to buy a Mercedes for his father, lease a BMW for his ex-wife and to vacation in Turks and Caicos.