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Business Partner of Daley's Son Indicted for Mail Fraud

By Chuck Sudo in News on Jan 7, 2011 3:19PM

2011_1_7_MSS.jpg A former business partner of Mayor Daley's son Patrick was indicted on three counts of mail fraud yesterday in connection to the latest minority-contracting scheme to hit City Hall. Anthony Duffy was charged along with Jesse Brunt, of defrauding the city and inflating invoices for services rendered.

Brunt's company, Brunt Brothers, won a contract to conduct videotaped cleanings and inspections of sewers south of 63rd Street in 2000. Brunt, who owned no video equipment, subcontracted to Duffy's company at the time, Kenny Industrial Services. Kenny later folded into Municipal Sewer Services, a company founded by Duffy and Robert Bobb, in which Patrick Daley and his cousin Robert Vanecko had a combined 4 percent investment - a "passive" stake, according to Bobb in this 2007 memo. The investment by Daley and Vanecko wasn't disclosed, as required, in documents MSS filed with City Hall.

The indictment alleges that Duffy and Brunt kept up the subcontracting and inflated invoicing through 2005, a year after Daley and Vanecko cashed out their investment.