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Electric Supply Company and President Fined $228,056 for DBE Fraud

L&K Electric Supply Company of Birmingham, AL, and company President Adriene Balton were sentenced in U.S. District Court in Norfolk, VA, to pay $228,056 in fines, restitution, and assessments for falsifying four applications submitted to the Virginia Department of Transportation for disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) certification. In September, Balton admitted she and her company committed fraud in order to win a $14.7 million contract that counts toward the state's DBE contract goal. L&K is barred from participating in the DBE program for five years. The case was investigated by OIG and the FBI.