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Former Capitol View developer sentenced to 87-month federal prison term

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David Dodd, who pleaded guilty to defrauding clients out of millions on the Capitol View Commerce Center project, was sentenced to federal prison for 87 months, or more than seven years, today.

Here are staff reporter Jason Scott's tweets from the courthouse:

The Capitol View Commerce Center property was purchased at an auction in November by John Moran Jr., owner of Watsontown-based trucking company Moran Industries. Moran said at the time that his company plans to invest about $10 million to finish the facility, which he hopes to occupy by next summer.

Restitution in the case is as follows:

H&R Mechanical, $1,255,468.62

Weaver Glass, $594,890.00

Stone Fire Protection, $308,755.40

Scheadler Yesco, $390,767.05

Stewart-Amos Steel, $622,146.52

Ciesco, $118,218.11

Macri Concrete, $323,057.70

H.W. Nauman, $31,672.47

Herre Brothers, Inc., $1,265,237.50

Metro Bank, $9,489,864.88

Dauphin County, $2,752,450.64

City of Harrisburg, $3,512,777.70 and $308,328.54

Herre Bros. went out of business as a result of the failed Capitol View project.


U.S. Attorney Peter Smith said it is likely Dodd will never pay back all of that money, but the government will pursue “every nickel.”

Harrisburg could lose 14 percent of its U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD, allocation over the next 11 years because of Capitol View. That is based on a flat-funding projection, according to city officials.

Dodd, 45, was also sentenced to two years of supervised release, following his 87-month federal prison sentence. The latter could be a few months shorter for good behavior, prosecutors said.

Sentencing guidelines in this matter called for 21 months more in prison time. An agreement was reached that Dodd would accept 70 to 87 months if he dropped his appeal of the restitution and other objections in the case.

Smith said it’s possible Dodd could have gotten a lighter sentence had he not “dragged out” the process this long. He pleaded guilty in November 2011.

“It had gone on for longer than necessary,” Smith said.

Dodd said his intentions were good, but that he made poor decisions.

“I take full responsibility for my actions,” he said. Those decisions were “wrong and they hurt people,” he added.



Nate Moyer said:
McBride says that this project caused him to file bankruptcy and his employees to lose their jobs etc... but he is basing this on the 1.26 million that he lost. That doesn't even begin to make sense with 250 employees if 1.26 million is making you fold you were doing something very wrong before this. His company was going down well before this project. This just happened to be a convenient excuse for him

March 2, 2014 11:49 am

Scott Woodruff said:
He will not be missed on the streets of Harrisburg.
But more over, it is sad there will never be any any relief for the many quality contractors that were taken down to their knees following his Smoke and Mirror show.

February 27, 2014 11:58 am

Chris Marisic said:
FINALLY the smallest amount of justice is seen in Harrisburg!

Now if only his buddy Reed would join him in the same cell!

February 27, 2014 11:51 am

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