Marty Watters, Investigative Reporter
In an effort to conceal its asbestos liabilities from employees and shareholders, United Airlines hired contractor A&E Services Inc. to illegally dump asbestos A&E removed from United's former World Headquarters in Elk Grove Village, Illinois.
To accomplish this act of deception, A&E owner Robert Nykaza convinced his longtime friend, Dan Vessel, to keep open dumpsters in his driveway at 2201 Cedar St. Rolling Meadows IL so that A&E could illegally dump the asbestos without the governing authorities knowing.
What United management and Nykaza did not anticipate was that Vessel would reveal their criminal activity to a whistleblower.
"My buddy is doing a big asbestos removal job at United and he is dumping it in my driveway" Vessel told said whistleblower.
Ouch! That's what we call a "smoking gun".
After the initial article on IP2P came out exposing United's illegal asbestos dumping at his house, Vessel threatened the whistleblower, telling him "you better watch your back" and "you can't beat United Airlines".
Here's the irony, Mr. Vessel. Your testimony may be what ultimately brings United's asbestos house of cards crashing down.
And United knows that.
So perhaps you should follow your own "watch your back" admonition.
Coincidentally, Vessel was not the only person to issue a threat.
Nykaza, United's asbestos contractor, told me that he has friends in Congress and the Environmental Protection Agency, and that "his boys will find me".
During his emotional rant, Nykaza suggested that he could kill me and get away with it.
He also kept stressing that he was mentally unstable.
You'll get no argument from me on that, Bob.
What makes this even more disturbing is that this guy is an elected official from Barrington Township, IL.
The real questions now are:
Do the good folks in Barrington Township know they have a mentally unstable Trustee?
Did Robert Nykaza break the law because he is mentally unstable, or is he becoming unhinged because he got caught red-handed breaking the law?
Either way, his troubles are just begining.
Did I mention embezzlement and kickbacks yet? I'll get to that soon.
In the meantime, I highly recommend Nykaza and Vessel seek legal counsel .
More to come...