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Audio: Interview with city officials about grant for veterans' facility

Here is audio and a transcript of this portion of the interview with Scott C. Billman, attorney for the Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency; Peter J. Savage III, deputy corporation counsel and Buffalo News reporter Aaron Besecker, in which Besecker asks how the city came to find out about Umar Adeyola's criminal history. Mayoral spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge was also in attendance.


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Reporter: So how did you get it? ... When you say it wasn't disclosed by the Heart Foundation before, and you came into it, how did you come into it?

Scott Billman: We continued our due diligence.

Reporter: But where did you find it? Where did you see it? Did someone come and say, "Hey, look over here," or ...?

SB: We had counsel obtain a search of the criminal dockets.

. . .

Reporter: So what made you search for, what made you search for this guy?

SB: Originally, in our own due diligence, we discovered there was at least one incidence, criminal history with this particular individual. It went back several years, I want to say '04 or '05, involving some impersonation.

. . .

Reporter: So how did you find the first thing?

Peter Savage: Just initial due diligence.

SB: Yeah, due diligence. We didn't see him on the disbarment list. We may have run just a general ...

PS: Google or something.

SB: ... internet search. It may have been on just the fact that he was a party that we weren't familiar with.

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