Ex-Cushman & Wakefield manager charged in WTC bribery scheme

James Luckie allegedly received $17,000 in gifts in exchange for preferential treatment

May.May 31, 2019 11:30 AM
Attorney General Letitia James and World Trade Center under construction (Credit: Getty Images)

Attorney General Letitia James and World Trade Center under construction (Credit: Getty Images)

A state attorney general indictment alleges that a former Cushman & Wakefield electric manager and two contractors traded Mets World Series tickets, a Florida golf trip and on-demand luxury car service for preferential treatment at the World Trade Center construction site between 2015 and 2017.

James Luckie was working for Cushman & Wakefield during the time it was hired by the Port Authority to manage the construction site. He received $17,000 in bribes from the contractors in exchange for confidential information about future work at the site, New York Attorney General Letitia James said. Luckie was charged with corruption and bribery. The contractors, Paul Angerame and Michael Garrison, face similar charges. They could all serve up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

The alleged scheme led to the hiring of untrained electricians for part of the work — who got $1.26 million in payments and compensation between 2016, according to the indictment. Last April, the Port Authority tapped Newmark Knight Frank to take over leasing at 1 World Trade Center.

The Real Deal examined how construction corruption develops in its April 2018 magazine issue.

[Crain’s] — Georgia Kromrei

Related Articles

City Comptroller Scott Stringer (Credit: Getty Images)

City Comptroller Scott Stringer proposes “Tenant Bill of Rights”

Marlene Cintron, the Bronx’s head of economic development (Credit: iStock)

“It didn’t happen:” Bronx leader says Opportunity Zone program failed to deliver

From left: Eric Adams, Shaun Donovan, Scott Stringer and Ruben Diaz Jr. (Credit: Getty Images)

Mayoral race goes from bad to worse for real estate

Senator Todd Kaminsky and RXR Realty's Scott Rechler (Credit: Getty Images)

No backlash for senator who broke ranks on rent vote

From left: Bruce Molser, David Schechtman, Bob Knakal, David Greenbaum, and Judi Pulice

New York’s real estate bigwigs offer predictions for 2020

Mayor Bill de Blasio and subway damage caused by Hurricane Sandy (Credit: Getty Images)

Program to rebuild Sandy-damaged homes needs extra $92M

The total market value of all properties in New York City was at about $1.4 trillion (Credit: iStock)

Market value of NYC real estate went up at slowest rate in years

Donald Trump with Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II, Rep. Ron Kind and Sen. Cory Booker (Credit: Getty Images, iStock)

Trump’s Opportunity Zone program is under investigation