The housing authority paid $8 million to a Queens scaffolding company it now says was run by a couple of crooks operating right under their noses.
And now they want it all back.
Two weeks ago, NYCHA lawyers sued Metropolitan Bridge & Scaffolds Corp., demanding repayment of everything the firm has pocketed since it first won a contract to put up sidewalk sheds across the city in 2009.
The actions of Metropolitan and its principals are now the subject of an inquiry by the city Investigation Department, according to sources familiar with the matter.
NYCHA picked Metropolitan as the lowest responsible bidder a mere three months after the two men who founded the firm were busted on bribery charges.