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Final Defendant is Sentenced in $100 Million Wisconsin Bid-Rigging Scheme

On November 21, Daniel D. Beaudoin, a former manager for James Cape & Sons Company, Racine, WI was fined $10,000 by a U.S. District Court judge in Green Bay, WI and ordered to serve one year probation for providing price information used in a bid-rigging scheme on Wisconsin highway construction projects. Beaudoin pled guilty in August 2005 to a felony charge of violating the Sherman Antitrust Act. Unbeknownst to his employer, Beaudoin conspired with principals of two other Wisconsin firms, Vinton Construction Co. and Streu Construction Co. to rig bids on about $100 million in contracts funded by FHWA and FAA. Vinton, Streu and their executives involved in the scheme have been sentenced to pay a total of $3.1 million in fines. The investigation, one of the largest DOT fraud cases in Wisconsin, was conducted jointly with the FBI and Department of Justice, with assistance from FHWA and the Wisconsin DOT.