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FBI investigates $1 million bid-rigging at UTSA

By Amanda Dans
On March 7, 2013


The FBI is currently investigating a former project manager at UTSA regarding allegations of a $1 million bid-rigging scheme. After an anonymous tip to UTSA's fraud hotline last November, James Council was fired from his position, according to San Antonio Express News. "The caller said a contractor was doing work at [Council's home] and that the jobs were being invoiced to the university," court records stated.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division, bid rigging occurs when a purchaser solicits bids to purchase goods or services.

Council told San Antonio Express News, "I was in a very bad place and got caught up with some bad people that offered me a way out. Basically, there was some cash exchanges that occurred that helped me finance the custody battle."

UTSA's Chief Communications Officer Joe Izbrand told the Paisano, "UTSA is the victim of the crime here and we are working closely with federal and state authorities. Mr. Council is no longer employed by the university and we will not be doing business with these contractors again."

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