Above: two photos of David Weiszer
The Daily News reports:
The "expediter" hired by developers to make sure work was completed without interference from the city is an ex-con who has been on the lam for three months.
David Weiszer, 65, went missing shortly after police showed up at the Allentown, Pa., home he shared with his wife to seize records in November.
The wanted man is accused of regularly paying off Department of Buildings employees, including his neighbor, the ex-DOB Chief of Development for Brooklyn, in the massive bribery scheme that took down 50 people Tuesday.
Weiszer's wife, Deborah Weiszer, who said she hasn't seen her husband since he fled, pleaded with him to stop running Tuesday.
"Please whatever it is, turn yourself in and come home where you belong," Deborah Weiszer told the Daily News.
The fugitive palm-greaser, who called his wife after the 49 others were arrested Tuesday, used "burner" phones to stay in touch and has been in contact with a lawyer, his wife said.
Deborah Weiszer said she never asked about her husband's work and said, "sometimes it's better not knowing."
She claimed that ex-DOB Chief of Development for Brooklyn, Gordon Holder, whom the couple lived next to, "used to be his (her husband's) boss."
Holder, who resigned in November, wasn't identified in the criminal complaint Tuesday but was secretly charged and is apparently cooperating, sources told the Daily News.
"I honestly don't know how they met," the alleged briber's wife added, noting that the pair knew one another before they were neighbors.
She said that Holder, who used to carpool into the city with Weiszer, stopped "all contact" with her husband about a month before police arrived with a search warrant for both houses last fall.
The missing Weiszer, who one neighbor described as "rude," has a sordid past including a 1988 conviction for arson and reckless endangerment and multiple counts of illegally dumping industrial waste in a Pennsylvania river.
Law enforcement officials were trying to locate Weiszer Tuesday - and Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance Jr. said the fugitive "was not James Bond" and would likely be in custody soon.
For a $1 million drug bust at a kosher slaughterhouse Weiszer was linked to, please read this.
[Hat Tip: Sfek-Sfaika.]