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Ohio Project Engineer Pleads Guilty for Failure to Pay Taxes

On March 10, 2014, David Bonamase, Project Engineer, Bonamase Contracting, Inc., pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court, Cleveland, Ohio, for failure to collect and pay taxes. As part of the plea agreement, Bonamase agreed to a permanent debarment from future involvement or participation in any federal government contract.

Between 2007 and 2009, Bonamase worked on federally-funded Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) construction projects. These projects, which included an ARRA-funded project, totaled roughly $1,152,015. Our investigation disclosed that Bonamase conspired to submit false tax returns to the IRS, underreported employees' quarterly wages, and made false statements on certified payroll forms  that were submitted to HUD and ODOT, indicating that  employees were paid prevailing wages, when they were not.

This is a joint investigation with DOL-OIG, HUD-OIG, the IRS, and the USAO.