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New Jersey Construction Company and Owner debarred by FHWA

On March 8, 2019, FHWA debarred Miguel Demenjon and his company, Mimosa Construction Inc. (Mimosa), from Federal contracting for 3 years. In July 2016, Demenjon pleaded guilty to a Federal charge of concealing assets in a bankruptcy proceeding.
 
Mimosa performed work on various FHWA-funded bridge projects in the New York metropolitan area. The company had a $7.7 million contract to work on the New York State DOT’s Alexander Hamilton Bridge Rehabilitation Project (AHBP), but during the project, Demenjon declared bankruptcy. DOT-OIG agents were investigating potential DBE and prevailing wage fraud when they discovered that Demenjon had concealed and transferred Mimosa’s assets to undermine the bankruptcy proceedings.
 
DOT-OIG conducted this investigation with the Department of Labor OIG.
 
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 whether a company is currently excluded.