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Wisconsin Concrete Construction Company and Owners Ordered to Pay $1.1 Million for Bid Rigging on Highway Projects

Streu Construction Co. of Two Rivers, WI and its owners, Ernest J. Streu and John Streu, were ordered by a U.S. District Court judge in Green Bay, WI to pay a total of $1.1 million in fines and restitution for bid rigging on approximately $100 million in highway construction contracts from pre-1999 until January 13, 2004; Ernest Streu was also sentenced to one year in prison and John Streu to five months in prison. Another firm, Vinton Construction Co. of Manitowoc, WI and its owners pled guilty in September 2004 to the bid rigging charges and await sentencing in February 2005. This is one of the largest DOT fraud cases in Wisconsin. The investigation was conducted jointly with the FBI and Department of Justice, with assistance from FHWA and the Wisconsin DOT.