Former Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Debarred by FHWA for DBE Fraud
On February 19, 2015, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) issued the final decision for debarment of Cindy Taylor Stewart and Cindy Taylor Trucking and Construction, Inc. (CTTC).
Our investigation determined that from 2004 through 2010, CTTC submitted documentation to the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) certifying that Cindy Taylor Stewart's personal net worth did not exceed $750,000, which had been the limit at the time to participate in the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program. During this period, CTTC also submitted documentation to the UDOT Prequalification Board declaring an estimated net worth in excess of $13 million. Additional documentation, including county property records, showed Cindy Taylor Stewart's interest in property alone to be in excess of $1.7 million, well over the $750,000 personal net worth limit. Our investigation further revealed that Cindy Taylor Stewart held the primary responsibility for submitting all DBE documentation.
Based on its fraudulent status as a DBE, CTTC was awarded a total of 13 federally funded highway construction and airport improvement projects, totaling over $9 million.
Note: Exclusion actions (suspensions and debarments) are frequently for a specific period of time and the System for Award Management "Sam.gov" should be consulted to find whether a company is currently excluded.