Harrison Township man hit with bribery, money laundering charges for illegal asbestos work

Kevin Woods faces monetary penalties of up to $100,000 and a few decades in prison once he allegedly laundered cash from subcontracting jobs for home demoltion by Detroit Land Bank Authority.

Along with bribing an employee of a significant demolition contractor in Southeast Michigan for contracts,” he also violated state law when workers from an air tracking firm he owned did followup work on homes where he’d removed asbestos, making him thousands of dollars.

“While the intricacies of the alleged financial crime can’t go unnoticed, I’m grateful for the comprehensive work done by my prosecutors and people in the Office of the Special Inspector General for its Troubled Asset Relief Program,” Nessel said.

Woods, 50, that conducted BBEK Environmental, an asbestos abatement company from Warren, was initially suspended from doing work together with town of Detroit in July of 2019. But he signed contracts with town as far back as 2015.

Over the following four decades, BBEK was often selected to perform abatement work for Adamo Group following Woods bribed Aradondo Haskins – a worker of the company – that enabled Woods to ontain contracts.

After abatement has been finished, air tracking companies HC Consulting Services and Green Way Environmental both ran post-work tests on quality.

But, state law requires any post-abatement air quality checks have been achieved through an independent third party independent from the subcontractor. Woods violated this rule for several years.

“The legislation requiring that air quality tracks have to be separate from people who remove asbestos and other toxic substances is essential to protecting the safety and health of Michigan communities.

Furthermore, Woods allegedly faked job costs that decreased the quantity of money he owed the country’s licensing service. He was expected to submit 1 percent of project costs to the asbestos abatement fund each the Asbestos Abatement Contractor Licensing Act, but rather devalued the jobs he worked by up to 50 percent to prevent paying.

A forensic overview of these offenses discovered he cheated the state out of $26,000 in charges.

Woods turned himself into police Tuesday and has been arraigned on charges Wednesday morning. They comprise:

1 count of false pretenses involving $1,000 and $20,000, a felony;

1 count of bribery of an employee or agent, a one-man misdemeanor

He has served jail time.