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November 09, 2016

Montgomery County man pleads guilty to illegally getting thousands through PennDOT contracts

Investigations Fraud
Christopher Czop Pennsylvania Attorney General/Courtesy

Christopher Czop, 47

A Montgomery County man has pleaded guilty to a felony offense related to a PennDot bid-rigging scheme that allegedly earned him thousands, the Pennsylvania Attorney General's office announced Wednesday.

Christopher Czop, the 47-year-old president of engineering firm Czop Specter Inc., engaged in criminal conduct by going through with several consultant inspection contracts within Pennsylvania Department of Transportation's District 6 covering Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties.

In April 2015, a grand jury found that Czop formed a relationship with a PennDOT assistant district engineer that paved the way for him to secure the contracts.

The attorney general's office said that Czop and his company benefitted from overbilling and reimbursements that cost the state's taxpayers. Czop is one of several being charged in the probe, one that cost the state about $1.2 million.

A sentencing date also has yet to be scheduled, according to the attorney general's office.