May 11, 2020
FHWA Debars Pennsylvania Painting Company and Owner
On May 11, 2020, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) debarred Hercules Painting Company, New Castle, Pennsylvania, and its owner, Maria Savakis, from participating in Federal nonprocurement and procurement transactions for 3 years.
In July 2017, Savakis was sentenced to 2 years of probation and $2,600 in fines following an earlier guilty plea to theft from a healthcare program. The theft was part of a $61,689 payroll scheme related to construction work on the federally funded George C. Platt Memorial Bridge Project in Philadelphia.
DOT-OIG is conducting this investigation with the FBI, Department of Labor OIG, Environmental Protection Agency–Criminal Investigation Division, Homeland Security Investigations, and Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation. FHWA provided substantial assistance.
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.