Carlos Bustamante goes on trial in November for allegedly assaulting several women he supervised as a senior executive at OC Public Works. Bustamante was arrested on those charges more than two years ago. In addition to the heinous acts Bustamante allegedly committed, there is the horrifying level of executive cover-up and botched investigation by the most senior levels of county administration. Well, fasten your seat belts, we’re back for a new episode of OC Scandal.
Voice of OC reported yesterday about an scandal involving senior executives in OC Parks who apparently directed almost $1 million in consulting contracts to a friend of former Deputy Director of OC Parks, Michael Brajdic. When the matter finally came to an investigation, they had the then subordinate of Brajdic, current OC Parks Director Stacy Blackwood, conduct the investigation. She apparently determined nothing was wrong with the contract awards. According to the Voice of OC story several senior OC Parks executives are implicated in the Internal Audit report on the matter.
From 2009 until 2014, OC Parks officials authorized 13 consecutive consulting contracts totaling $913,095 to BPM Advisors, which is owned by Ahmad Iqbal, a grad school friend of former OC Parks Deputy Director Michael Brajdic.
In all, four top OC Parks executives — including Brajdic, Scott Thomas, Doug Berry and then-director (now Chief Operating Officer) Mark Denny — had a hand in approving the contracts, which were all for amounts under the $100,000 threshold for requiring a vote by the supervisors, according to an Aug. 13 report from the county’s Internal Audit Department to County Counsel Nicholas Chrisos obtained by Voice of OC.
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