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Firm Sentenced in Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Fraud

Brothers Construction Co. of Ohio, Inc. was sentenced to 3 years' probation for conspiracy and making false statements in connection with work on an interstate highway project. The Columbus, OH, firm was sentenced in Federal Court in Wheeling, WV. Brothers was convicted in November, 1997 following allegations the firm had let its certification as a disadvantaged business enterprise be used to front for work performed by an uncertified contractor that was required to be directed to a disadvantaged enterprise. Weeks later, in a separate case, Tri-State Asphalt of Wheeling, WV, was fined $500,000 and sentenced to 3 years' probation in connection with the scheme. Tri-State was theprime contractor on the job. The cases were jointly investigated by OIG and the West Virginia Department of Transportation.