Pennsylvania Bridge Contractor Charged For Falsifying Documents
On December 9, 2013, in U.S. District Court, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Matthew Williams was charged with wire fraud in a scheme in which he falsified engineering documents on federally-funded highway construction projects. Williams, former owner of Clear Span Construction Products, LLC, Latrobe, Pennsylvania, manufactured stay-in-place metal bridge deck forms.
It is alleged that Williams, on multiple occasions and without authorization, forged or affixed the seal and signature of unwitting Professional Engineers on bridge plans and transmitted these engineering documents to prime contractors on federally-funded highway construction projects. Williams allegedly submitted over 500 falsified engineering documents on more than 75 federal and state funded highway projects in 13 states.
On August 21, 2013, Clear Span entered into a civil settlement agreement and agreed to pay a civil fine of $50,000.
This investigation is being worked jointly with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with assistance from the Federal Highway Administration.
Note: Indictments, informations, and criminal complaints are only accusations by the Government. All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.