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McHenry County paving contractor to pay U.S. $500,000 to settle false billing allegation; company officer pleads guilty to $35,000 mail fraud in related criminal prosecution

A McHenry County paving contractor has agreed to pay the United States $500,000 to resolve allegations of overcharging the government for road building and asphalt paving projects in northern Illinois between 1990 and 2000, federal officials announced today. At the same time, a company officer today pleaded guilty in Federal Court in Rockford to defrauding the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and other paving customers of $35,000 by inflating the amount of materials used in projects, which resulted in overbilling the state agency and other customers, announced Patrick J. Fitzgerald, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois.