MARAD Contractor Fined $96,000 and Owner $30,000 in Mail Fraud Case
April 29, 2002
W.B. Construction Company of Beaumont, TX, was ordered by a U.S. District Court judge in Beaumont to pay a $96,000 fine and spend 2 years on probation, which suspends eligibility to do Government contract work. Company owner, Wallace Batiste, Sr., also of Beaumont, was sentenced to a $30,000 fine, 6 months community confinement, and 2 years probation. The company and Batiste pleaded guilty to mail fraud in May 2001 in connection with rigging bids on Federal construction and service contracts in collusion with former MARAD Fleet Superintendent Frederick P. Splinter during the period 1993 until 1999. Splinter’s sentencing date has not yet been set.