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Official Turns Federal Trash Into Taxpayer Treasure Nov. 1988.

Official Turns Federal Trash Into Taxpayer Treasure
November 25, 1988|Associated Press

TAUNTON, Massachusetts: In his pursuit of a bargain for taxpayers, Edward Aleixo has flown into the mountains of Virginia to retrieve an old pickup truck with bad tires and no rear lights, and he drove it home to Massachusetts.

He has wangled his way into government vaults and come out with an Oriental rug Henry A. Kissinger could not use, and procured shelving and two office cubicles discarded by the White House. Aleixo, a retired Air Force colonel, former narcotics agent and one-time school superintendent, makes big deals too. As director of the Massachusetts State Agency for Surplus Property, Aleixo is trying at the moment to get his hands on 12 used helicopters no longer wanted by the Army in Ft. Rucker, Ala., so he can give them to state police and a flight school in Boston.

Note the word "give." Relatively Small Price

Alexio insists that he does not sell a thing he brokers. But for a relatively small price that covers the cost of his operation, Aleixo obtains surplus federal property and passes it on to state and municipal governments, schools and nonprofit organizations such as nursing homes and halfway houses.

A relatively small price? How does $150 sound for a $1,840.56 medical centrifuge (like new)? Or $2,500 for a used $200,000 road grader?

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