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Chicago Contractor Sentenced in a DBE Fraud Scheme

On February 22, 2013, Anthony Cappello was sentenced in U.S. District Court, Chicago, Illinois, to 6 months of home confinement; 24 months of probation; a $25,000 fine; and ordered to pay $169,676 in restitution for mail fraud. 

In July 2012, Cappello admitted that from approximately 1999 through May 2006, he participated in a scheme to defraud the Government of more than $2.3 million in contracts with the Chicago Department of Aviation related to the Women in Business Enterprise (WBE) and DBE programs. Cappello falsely represented that his wife’s company, Stealth Group, Inc.—a certified WBE/DBE—performed the work, when in fact Cappello’s company, Diamond Coring, performed the work on behalf of Stealth Group.

This case was conducted jointly with the FBI, U.S. Department of Labor-Office of Inspector General, and the City of Chicago Inspector General's Office.