Plymouth County: Former commissioner will pay fines following alleged bid-rigging scheme

Allegations against former County Commissioner Tim McMullen have been settled after a 2010 report by the state’s Inspector General highlighted a bid-rigging scheme, in which McMullen had provided insider information to the owner of a pest control company.

According to a press release from Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office, a consent decree filed in Plymouth County Superior Court on Friday, shows both McMullen of Pembroke and Capeway Pest Control owner Edward Burgess will pay $5000 in penalties and $2500 in costs associated with the case; and, both agree not to engage in unlawful bidding practices in the future.

In 2010,  Plymouth County officials put its pest control contract for seven of its county buildings out for quotes and received three quotes. Capeway was not the lowest bidder. The complaint alleged that McMullen and Burgess, in the days before the vote on the contract, spoke about the bids, and, during at least one occasion, McMullen revealed to Burgess that Capeway was not the lowest bidder, and Burgess then submitted a new lower quote, matching the current low bid.

McMullen, a democrat, who served several terms as county commissioner, was unseated in November 2010 by Bridgewater Republican Sandra Wright.

A call to McMullen and Attorney General Martha Coakley this afternoon went unanswered.

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