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3 get probation for fixing contracts; Men plead guilty in snow-removal case.

Byline: Gary V. Murray

WORCESTER -- A Worcester man on unpaid leave from his job as a civil engineer in the state Department of Transportation's Worcester office was placed on probation with a suspended jail sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty to charges of concealing his ownership interest in snow removal equipment used to get state contracts.

Two co-defendants in the Worcester Superior Court case were also placed on probation after admitting to sufficient facts for guilty findings on related charges.

Anthony Gleason, 39, a civil engineer in the DOT's Worcester district, was sentenced to 1 year in the House of Correction, suspended for 2 years with probation, after pleading guilty to indictments returned in 2011 charging him with three counts of procurement fraud.

Charges of misleading police and conspiracy were dismissed as part of a plea agreement.

Assistant Attorney General Erika Anderson told Judge William F. Sullivan that Mr. Gleason and Thomas J. Waruzila, the former head of the DOT's Worcester office, used a family friend, Quang T. Do, as a front to buy a front-end loader and dump truck. Mr. Do was then awarded state snow-removal contracts by Mr. Gleason's brother, Dean Gleason, and was paid about $80,000 by the transportation department since 2008, prosecutors said.

Mr. Waruzila, who was fired by the DOT in 2011, was convicted in June of procurement fraud and conflict-of-interest law violations and was placed on probation with a suspended jail sentence. The Gleason brothers are the sons of Carol Gleason, a woman with whom Mr. Waruzila had a long-term relationship, prosecutors said.

Anthony Gleason's lawyer, James J. Gribouski, said his client and his client's brother, Dean Gleason, remained on unpaid leave from their jobs at the DOT.

Dean Gleason, 45, of West Boylston, the DOT's snow and ice engineer for the Worcester area, was placed on probation for 18 months after admitting to sufficient facts for guilty findings on three counts of violating the state's conflict-of-interest laws. The charges were continued without findings for 18 months and will be dismissed at that time if he has no further difficulties with the law.

Charges of conspiracy and misleading police were dismissed.

Mr. Do, 46, of Worcester, admitted to sufficient facts for guilty findings on three counts of procurement fraud. Judge Sullivan continued the charges without findings for 1 year and placed Mr. Do on probation for that time.

Charges of misleading police and conspiracy against Mr. Do were dismissed.

The sentences imposed by Judge Sullivan were recommended by Ms. Anderson and lawyers for the three defendants. Dean Gleason was represented by lawyer John K. Vigliotti. Mr. Do's lawyer was Peter L. Ettenberg.

As conditions of probation, all three men were ordered to have no contact with Tim McCarron, who was an unsuccessful bidder on the loader contract awarded to Mr. Do and a prosecution witness in the case.

Contact Gary V. Murray at gmurray@telegram.com. Follow him on Twitter @GaryMurrayTG

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Author:Murray, Gary V.
Publication:Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)
Date:Apr 2, 2015
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