New York Man Arrested for DBE Fraud on $37.9 Million DOT Funded Project
Andre Savvides of NY, owner and officer of EXCEL, Mineola, NY, was charged in U.S. District Court in Islip, NY with conspiring with Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) subcontractors to create false DBE documentation for submission to the NYS Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). The MTA awarded EXCEL a $37.9 million federally funded project to rehabilitate the Broadway/East New York Subway Complex based on the false documentation. Subsequent to receiving the award, Savvides created additional false documentation in an effort to uphold the appearance of meeting its DBE requirements. This investigation was conducted by the Federal Construction Task Force, Long Island, NY, which includes OIG.
Note: As in any criminal case, a person is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. The charges filed merely contain allegations of criminal conduct.