Self-curing concrete. Energy-generating sidewalks. Those are just a few of the futuristic attractions promised for Bleutech Park, an alleged $7.5 billion dollar project slated for an undisclosed location in Las Vegas, according to spinmeister Tom Letizia.
But now Bleutech Park, which also promised affordable, workforce housing, may be little more than another mirage in a desert that’s seen more than its fair share.
“I sat in on the meeting CISCO was at. CISCO doesn’t want its name tarnished on a project that’s not going to happen. It looks more legitimate to me than Faraday,” Laborers Union president Tommy White told the Current in August, invoking Faraday Future’s failed plans to build a $1 billion electric car plant near North Las Vegas.
But the Miami Herald reports the engineer behind the Bleutech project, Janet LeGrand, aka Janet Garcia, is a fraud whose engineering firm attempted to bilk Homestead, Florida of some $33.3 million for a public project.
The story says LeGrand was arrested first for scheming to defraud the government, then later for failing to pay employees. According to the Herald, LeGrand was eventually released on bail and relocated.
“The Miami Herald story was a total misrepresentation,” LeGrand said in a statement conveyed to the Current via public relations executive Tom Letizia. “I have been instructed by legal counsel not to discuss this pending case. I have complete faith in our judicial system and I have total confidence that justice will prevail.”
The case is scheduled for trial next month, according to news reports.
Martin-Harris Construction, featured by Bleutech as a partner in the Las Vegas project, declined to say whether it investigates the backgrounds of developers seeking to do business with the company.
“As only the General Contractor, we have no comment at this time,” Guy Martin, president of Martin-Harris said in an email.
The Miami Herald has reported that LeGrand claimed to be involved in a number of construction projects to which she had no connection.
Letizia did not provide any documentation to the Current that Bleutech Park has obtained financing or that LeGrand possesses the credentials she claims.