Man convicted of fraudulently billing HUD sentenced

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NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) – An employee of a contractor who was sentenced to prison for fraudulently billing HUD was sentenced Monday to one year of probation.

Walter Heinrich Weiss, 61, of Niagara Falls worked for John Gross at David Gross Contracting. Weiss worked with Gross and other employees to prepare and submit false bids to HUD. The contractor went so far as to keep blank letterhead from competitors to submit bids higher than their own to HUD in an effort to be awarded projects.

Weiss, who was convicted of conspiring to make a false statement in a HUD transaction, was sentenced to one year of probation.

John Gross was sentenced to 33 months in January 2012.

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