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Ohio Construction Company Owner Sentenced and Ordered to Pay Over $1 million in Fines and Restitution

On August 23, 2007, Michael Lignos, co-owner of LM Lignos Enterprises, a Cleveland, Ohio, painting company was sentenced in U.S. District Court, Cleveland, Ohio, to 21 months in prison, 3 years probation, and ordered to pay $1,058,422 in fines and restitution. Mr. Lignos bribed Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) bridge inspectors to overlook false certifications regarding the quality and quantity of painting work his company performed on federally-funded highway projects.

This joint investigation with the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the U.S. Department of Labor is part of a larger, ongoing investigation of contract and grant fraud in the ODOT bridge inspection program. To date, 14 individuals (contractors and State inspectors) and four companies have been convicted and will be referred to the Federal Highway Administration for debarment.