A pair of Queens contractors hoping to dodge building safety code violations tried to bribe a city inspector, city investigators announced Tuesday.
Ismail Mohammad Hassan, 22, and Mohamed Ali Hassan, 50 – no relation – were each charged with bribery in the third degree after they offered $400 to a buildings inspector in exchange for not issuing violations at a residential and commercial construction site in Queens, according to the Department of Investigation.
The contractors were trying to evade violations after failing to follow safety rules and get required construction permits for 55-43 Myrtle Ave. in Ridgewood, officials said. A stop work order was issue for the property, owned by H Management Corp., on Monday morning after the inspector saw unapproved construction work.
After the contractors offered the $400 bribe on Monday morning, the DOB inspector informed the Department of Investigation who put him under surveillance, officials said.
When the inspector returned to the construction site to discuss the violations later that day, Mohamed Ali Hassan removed $290 from his pocket, handed the cash to Ismail Mohammad Hassan, who placed the money into the inspector’s hand, according to city investigators.
When the buildings inspector asked where the rest of the money was, Mohamed Ali Hassan allegedly said if he came back later they would provide the rest.
That's funny. It's like the D.O.B. decided to pinch these guys because the inspector thought he was getting stiffed.