Minnesota Company and President Plead Guilty to Defrauding Multiple Federal-Aid Highway Projects
On June 3, Minnesota Valley Landscape, Inc. (MVL) and its president, David Allyn Lindstrom, pled guilty in U.S. District Court in St Paul, MN to a charge of conspiracy to defraud the Federal Highway Administration on federally-funded highway construction projects. MVL is the largest highway landscaping company in Minnesota, and was the prime contractor on $4.4 million in such contracts between 1996 and 2002, as well as numerous subcontracts. OIG’s investigation found that during that time, MVL invoiced for and was paid $396,257 through the federally-funded contracts for work either billed at other than the prevailing wage rates or for overtime charged, but for which the MVL employees were not paid. Terms of MVL’s suspension or debarment are under negotiation. The investigation was conducted jointly with the FBI.