June 5, 2019
South Carolina Construction Company Agrees to Civil Settlement
On June 5, 2019, Southern Concrete and Construction, Inc. (SCC) agreed to an $83,860 civil settlement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Columbia, South Carolina, related to alleged violations of the False Claims Act.
SCC—a certified woman-owned, Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) in Anderson, South Carolina—worked on a DOT-funded contract in Beaufort, South Carolina. According to the investigation, between April 27, 2016, and October 11, 2016, SCC allegedly intentionally failed to identify certain workers on certified payrolls to conceal the fact that a non-DBE company was performing the work.
The settlement agreement is a compromise of disputed claims and is neither an admission of liability by SCC nor a concession by the United States that its claims are not well founded.
DOT conducted this investigation with the Department of Labor OIG and Department of Homeland Security–Homeland Security Investigations with assistance from the South Carolina DOT.