DC Paving Contractor Fined $900,000 for Bilking Federal Aid Contracts
Paving contractor Fort Myers Construction Corporation of Washington, DC, agreed to pay $900,000 in fines, restitution, and civil damages after pleading guilty in U.S. District Court in Washington, DC, to conspiracy to bribe inspectors of the District of Columbia Department of Public Works. To date, this continuing OIG and FBI investigation has found three paving companies, two of their owners, and nine Public Works inspectors guilty of paying or receiving money in exchange for approving fraudulent work on about 30 federally funded contracts in the District. Together, the three firms had been awarded more than $32 million in Federal aid funded by FHWA. The other two companies, C&F Construction and Granja Contracting, and their owners pleaded guilty in November 2002.