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Owner and Project Manager of Ohio Construction Company Indicted

On December 5, 2012, Scott Bonamase, Owner, and David Bonamase, Project Manager, Bonamase Construction, were indicted in U.S. District Court, Cleveland, Ohio, for filing false tax returns, conspiracy, and false statements related to their contracts with the Ohio Department of Transportation.

Between 2007 and 2009, Bonamase worked on a HUD-funded project in Youngstown, Ohio, and on various federally-funded Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) construction projects in various counties in Ohio. The 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 submitted to HUD and ODOT, indicating that they paid their employees prevailing wages, when they did not. The federally funded ODOT projects that Bonamase worked on, which include an ARRA-funded project, total roughly $1,152,015.

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

Note: Indictments, informations, and criminal complaints are only accusations by the Government. All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.