Washington Contractor Agrees to a Civil Settlement Relating to DBE Fraud
On August 7, 2014, IMCO General Construction (IMCO), a heavy construction company, located in Ferndale, Washington, agreed to a $200,000 civil settlement with the U.S. Department of Transportation relating to false claims that were submitted on a federally funded highway project.
According to the settlement agreement, the government alleged that while working on the federally funded Horton Road Project, IMCO falsely claimed that Aleut, a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), completed certain work. In fact, the work was completed by BBK Trucking, a company that was not certified as a DBE. IMCO denies any wrongdoing in connection with the civil settlement.
We conducted this investigation with assistance from the Federal Highway Administration, Office of Civil Rights, and the Washington State Department of Transportation, Office of Equal Opportunity.