Outrageous Report: NYC Put Con Man in Charge of Ebola Clean-up
A shocking new report reveals that a con man was awarded an emergency government contract by New York City authorities, putting him and his Bio Recovery team in charge of disinfecting Dr. Craig Spencer's Harlem apartment after the doctor was diagnosed with Ebola.
The report says that the Bio Recovery truck belonging to Sal Pane - a convicted felon who defrauded homeowners out of millions of dollars during the housing crisis - had permit numbers belonging to a dead man.
“For the past 27 years the company’s been around, we’ve never had an issue,” Pane said on Fox Business Network on October 10.
Pane - who reportedly received nearly $50,000 for decontaminating Spencer's apartment - has not been charged with a crime.
In 2008, Pane ran a Long Island company that took upfront fees to obtain mortgage loan modifications for homeowners seeking to avoid foreclosure. He was sued by then-New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, who accused Pane of running off with fees without helping any homeowners. A judge ordered him to pay $12.5 million in fines and restitution to his victims. He’s only paid back $62,000.
Buzzfeed said Pane also did a nine-month stretch in prison three years ago after a jury on Long Island found him guilty of driving drunk and impersonating a prosecutor.
The city Health Department said it was unaware of Pane’s background but defended Bio-Recovery’s work.
Watch the clip from "Fox and Friends" above.