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Virginia Company and Its Owner Debarred by FHWA for Submitting False Claims to VDOT

On January 18, 2017, the Federal Highway Administration debarred GroundDown Constructors (GroundDown) and its owner, Tracey Williams, from participating in federally funded activities.
The debarment was based on a civil judgment against GroundDown and Williams for violating the Federal False Claims Act and the Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act. Williams admitted to submitting three falsified invoices and one falsified purchase order to the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) to induce payment on a project in Caroline County, Virginia.
Note: Exclusion actions (suspensions and debarments) are frequently for a specific period of time, and the System for Award Management ( should be consulted to find out whether a company is currently excluded.