The first two guilty pleas in the continuing probe into out-of-control P-Card spending by Port Everglades employees were entered Wednesday in federal court in Miami – with more pleas and arrests expected to follow.
Facing up to five years in prison and a hefty fine, David Dean Moore and Bryan Zascavage each pleaded guilty to a single count of conspiracy to commit fraud concerning programs receiving federal funds. Sentencing was set for Oct. 10.
Davie plumber Moore, Pompano Beach plumbing company owner Zascavage and three others – William Woessner, John McGahee and Rajindra Lallharry – were charged July 17 by the U.S. Attorney’s Office with misusing the Broward County-issued credit cards to buy goods and services that were never delivered to the port. Instead, prosecutors said, they used the P-Cards to engage in various schemes to illegally profit.
The federal government has jurisdiction because the port receives thousands of dollars every year under a federal program involving grants, subsidies, loans, guarantees and insurance.
Moore was fired by the port one year ago after it was determined that he had abused his P-Card to purchase faucets and backflow preventer kits and more than 100 feet of brass pipe that were never received by the port, according to a county report.