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Florida Contractor Agrees to $112,500 Civil Settlement Related to a Stimulus-Funded Road Project

On April 24, 2017, David Stalowy agreed to an $112,500 civil settlement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Orlando, Florida, related to violations of the False Claims Act on a road construction project partially funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). Stalowy is the owner of Central Florida Environmental Corporation (CFE) in Winter Springs, Florida.
 
The agreement settles allegations received in October 2012 that Stalowy falsely certified that CFE had made timely payments to subcontractors on the North Winter Park Drive Phase 2 project. This was a local agency project bid awarded by the city of Casselberry, Florida, and included road resurfacing and construction of a new roadway through a neighborhood. Casselberry received ARRA funding for the project from the Federal Highway Administration, via the Florida Department of Transportation.
 
The settlement agreement is a compromise of disputed claims and is neither an admission of civil liability by Stalowy nor a concession by the United States that its claims were not well founded.