A Platte City-based contractor has been sentenced in federal court for his role in a nearly $900,000 bid-rigging conspiracy that involved several contractors. Tim Rowland, 45, of Platte City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner March 30, 2013 to five years of probation and ordered to pay $298,765 in restitution.
According to court documents, on Oct. 19, 2012, Rowland pleaded guilty to his role in a conspiracy to commit mail fraud. Rowland was the owner of ATNJ, a construction company that fulfilled contracts for Aimco Apartment Management. Between November 2004 and May 2009, Rowland conspired to pay approximately $298,765 in kickbacks to co-conspirators Christopher Grimsley, 43, of Overland Park, Kan., and JoDen Napper, 40, of Lenexa, Kan.
Grimsley and Napper were directors of construction for Aimco (and, later, Cres Management) and in charge of procuring bids for renovating apartment complexes. In exchange for these kickbacks, Grimsley and Napper agreed to rig bids in Rowland’s favor without the knowledge of Aimco or Cres Management.
Grimsley was sentenced March 28, 2011 to 41 months in federal prison without parole and ordered to pay $538,340 in restitution after pleading guilty to mail fraud. Between May 2003 and May 2009 Grimsley accepted approximately $538,340 in kickbacks from various contractors in the Kansas City area. In exchange for these kickbacks, Grimsley agreed to rig bids in favor of the contractors without the knowledge of Aimco.
Napper pleaded guilty to mail fraud and awaits sentencing. Between August 2004 and May 2009, Napper accepted approximately $355,749 in kickbacks from various contractors. In exchange for these kickbacks, Napper agreed to rig bids in favor of the contractors without the knowledge of Cres Management.