Owner of Trucking Firm Agrees to Civil Settlement for DBE Fraud
On July 11, 2013, Benjamin Marshall, owner, BN&M Trucking, agreed to pay a civil settlement of $12,000 to the U.S. Government for certifying he performed work fulfilling a DBE goal when, in fact, he did not perform the work.
In June 2006, John Carlo (JCI), the prime contractor on a runway construction project for the Detroit Wayne County Metropolitan Airport, funded by the Federal Aviation Administration, was responsible for ensuring the DBEs performed commercially useful functions.
Between January 2005 and December 2010, false claims on the above project were submitted indicating that runway services were provided by BN&M, when, in fact, they were provided by a non-DBE subcontractor and/or the prime contractor in violation of the DBE regulations and the False Claims Act.
We conducted this investigation jointly with the U.S. Attorney's Office Civil Division.