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President of New York Construction Company Sentenced for Money Laundering Conspiracy Related to Roadway Milling Contract

On September 7, 2007, Thomas Costa, President of Costa Construction in Long Island, New York, was sentenced in U.S. District Court, Central Islip, New York, to 1 year and a day incarceration, 3 years probation, and forfeiture to the government of $250,000. In October 2006, Costa pled guilty to an indictment charging him with money laundering conspiracy. From 2002 to 2003, Mr. Costa and other defendants conspired to bribe a roadway construction inspector with approximately $25,000. In exchange, the inspector allowed them to over bill the City of New York $1.4 million on a $16 million roadway milling contract. Mr. Costa and his company have been referred to FHWA for debarment consideration.