FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) — A police investigation into bounced checks revealed something unusual in Fall River’s finances this week.
A contractor replaced windows on the sixth floor of Government Center last year without a bid going out, without a signed contract, and without being paid – and city officials are now trying to figure out how that could happen.
According to a police report obtained by Eyewitness News, a contractor named Global Glass replaced the windows in 2013, but when a detective asked to see the paper trail for that work – the city couldn’t find it.
The Fall River detective wrote in the report that a city official “informed me the he was unable to locate any check made payable to Global Glass for any windows being replaced on the sixth floor of Government Center.”
“There was no purchase order, no contract. There was no payment to the vendor,” said Fall River City Administrator Cathy Ann Viveiros.
Viveiros took over as city administrator after the project was complete, and said that since there was no contract, the vendor completed the work for free. Obviously that’s against protocol, and city officials are now taking steps to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
“Whoever did this should step forward,” said Fall River City Councilor Raymond Mitchell. “That person should either resign or be fired.”
Viveiros said she’s asked everyone, and no one knows who authorized the bizarre deal.
“There has been some change in staff, so we can only assume the answer lies with someone no longer employed by the city,” she explained.
Eyewitness News attempted to contact Global Glass, but did not get an answer. Councilor Mitchell said he will request a police investigation and a city audit at Tuesday night’s city council meeting.