DELAWARE AG ARRESTS 2 ON ALLEGED SCHEME TO DEFRAUD ASTRAZENECA

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Media Release
February 26, 2013 
Biden’s Office Arrests Project Engineer, Foreman In Scheme To Defraud 
AstraZeneca 
Wilmington – Attorney General Beau Biden announced today that his office has 
arrested two men for Theft and Conspiracy in a bid to defraud AstraZeneca.  An 
investigation by the Attorney General’s Special Investigations Unit revealed 
that Mitchell Guard, age 45, a Project Engineer for AstraZeneca’s Fairfax 
location, and David Ragolia, age 55, a foreman for the DiSabatino Construction 
Company and site manager for its activities at the AstraZeneca Fairfax 
location, conspired in a scheme to complete extensive home improvements at 
Guard’s Hockessin home and to charge the work to AstraZeneca. 
“Stealing is a crime with damaging consequences, whether the victim is an 
individual or a company, and we’re acting to ensure that everyone obeys the 
law,” Biden said. 
The Attorney General’s Office opened its investigation after receiving a report 
last year from AstraZeneca of questionable financial transactions.  During the 
time period during which the fraud was committed, DiSabatino Construction 
company and AstraZeneca had entered into a Master Services Agreement under 
which DiSabatino was the sole source contractor for construction activities at 
the AstraZeneca Fairfax campus.  Under this arrangement, Guard initiated 
construction projects on-site through Ragolia, who assigned the work to 
DeSabatino employees and sub-contractors. 
The investigation revealed that Ragolia, of Bear, instructed DiSabatino 
employees and other sub-contractors to make significant home improvements to 
Guard’s residence over a period of time, and that DiSabatino employees and 
sub-contractors were assigned to work full-time at the residence from March, 
2010 through July, 2010 to complete the work.  The home improvements included a 
kitchen renovation, the addition of a sunroom and 3-car garage, basement 
finishing, installation of new siding and windows, painting, and the purchase 
and installation of an HVAC unit, appliances, and bath fixtures. 
Upon the completion of their work to the Guard residence, investigators learned 
that Ragolia directed subcontractors to submit their receipts and invoices to 
DiSabatino Construction Company.  The investigation also revealed that Ragolia, 
in turn, submitted invoices for the materials and the labor that was performed 
at Guard’s residence to AstraZeneca.  In total, more than $400,000 in 
improvements performed at Guard’s residence were fraudulently billed to and 
ultimately paid by the pharmaceutical manufacturer before the scam was 
discovered. 
As a result of the investigation, arrest warrants were issued charging both men 
with one count of Theft of more than $100,000 and Conspiracy.  Both defendants 
turned themselves in to Special Investigators in the Attorney General’s Office 
on Friday, February 22.  After being arraigned in JP Court #20, both men were 
released on $6,000 unsecured bond. 
Jason P. Miller
Public Information Officer
Delaware Department of Justice
820 N. French Street, 6th Floor
Wilmington, DE 19801
(302) 577-8949
(302) 893-8939 (cell)
(302) 577-6626 (fax) 
(kgt)NY 
 
 
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