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Saturday, May 3, 2014

PLEA DEAL IN THE WORKS? Ingersoll Co-Defendant Roy Bradley To Explore "Global Resolution" To Federal Fraud, Asbestos Charges

Roy Bradley's federal asbestos-related jury trial was scheduled to begin this past Tuesday (April 29) in a Bay City federal courthouse before U.S. District Judge Thomas L. Ludington, but it has been postponed until May 27 to allow Bradley's attorneys to discuss a "global resolution" to his asbestos and fraud charges.

In August 2013, a federal grand jury charged Roy Bradley, Sr. and Gerald Essex with four counts of illegally distributing and handling asbestos, a felony punishable by up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Bradley's business, Lasting Impressions, was hired by Steven J. Ingersoll to do renovations at the Bay City Academy at 400 N. Madison Avenue.

According to the indictment, Bradley and Essex have been accused of violating the Clean Air Act by improperly handling and disturbing asbestos while renovating the former Madison Avenue church. The renovation lasted from August 18th 2010 to September 2nd 2011 under Bradley's oversight. The Clean Air Act of 1970, and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) regulations require testing to determine the presence of asbestos-containing materials before renovations begin; strict controls to avoid contamination of the air, soil, buildings, or worksite; and proper worker training and protections.

On January 23, 2013, Rodolfo Rodriguez, a carpenter working for Bradley, testified before a federal grand jury about how much asbestos he removed from old plumbing pipes, and under whose instruction it was done. He falsified information during the hearing, varying how much asbestos he removed from 20 feet to 200 feet. He also claimed at first that he had removed it without direction from anyone else. Upon being pressed, he admitted that Essex had told him to “gut the place”. 

In February, Rodriguez pled guilty to one count of perjury before a grand jury. According to the plea bargain agreement, Rodriguez is facing 15 to 21 months in prison for perjury, and his sentencing is scheduled for June 15.

While Bradley's attorney, David D. Hoffman, will not represent him in the Ingersoll fraud case, court papers reveal that he believes it is in the "best interest" of his client to confer with Bradley's appointed attorney and "explore the potential for a global resolution of all charges involving Roy Bradley".

Counsel for Essex, and the government, agreed that the requested adjournment was warranted, and Judge Ludington issued the stipulation regarding the excludable delay under the Speedy Trial Act, granting Bradley a 30-day adjournment of his April 29 trial date.

Fans of cop shows, like Miss Fortune, know the first one to the table gets the best deal. 

Looks like it's "let's make a deal" time for Roy Bradley! 

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