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Chicago Contractor Pleads Guilty to a DBE Fraud Scheme

On July 6, 2012, Anthony Cappello pleaded guilty in United States District Court, Chicago, Illinois, to a mail fraud charge. 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 Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (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, actually performed the work on behalf of Stealth Group, Inc.

We are conducting this investigation jointly with the FBI, U.S. Department of Labor / Office of Inspector General, and the City of Chicago / Inspector General's Office.