February 9, 2018
FHWA Suspends Vermont Bridge Contractors
On February 9, 2018, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) suspended David Dollar and John Lynch from doing business with the Federal Government. On August 17, 2017, J. A. McDonald (JAM), a Vermont-based corporation, and its owner, Eric Boyden, reached an agreement with the United States to pay $270,000 to settle allegations that JAM knowingly caused the State of Vermont to present false claims for payment to the Federal Government. Dollar was a foreman and Lynch was a superintendent on a JAM bridge construction project on the New Haven River in Bristol, Vermont.
JAM entered into a contract with the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) to construct the bridge, a project funded under the Federal Aid Highway Program. From approximately May 2014 to December 2014, JAM installed twelve bridge-bearing device assemblies that were subsequently determined to be materially deficient. The State of Vermont paid JAM in full for the installation of the bridge-bearing device assemblies. The United States contends that JAM caused VTrans to present false claims for reimbursement to FHWA.
The settlement monies paid by JAM will be divided among the State of Vermont, FHWA, and the U.S. Treasury Department. The settlement agreement is neither an admission of liability by JAM or Boyden nor a concession by the United States or the State of Vermont that their claims are not well founded.
The settlement is the result of a coordinated effort between the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Vermont, Vermont Attorney General’s Office, and DOT-OIG. This investigation was conducted by DOT-OIG with assistance from VTrans and FHWA.
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 out whether a company is currently excluded.