August 25, 2020
Iowa Construction Company and Its VP Debarred from Federally Funded Programs
On August 25, 2020, FHWA debarred K&L Construction Inc. (K&L) and its vice president, Jenna Wilson, from participating in Federal nonprocurement and procurement transactions for a period of 3 years. The debarment is retroactive to September 22, 2017, the date FHWA suspended K&L and Wilson from participating in federally funded projects.
Between January and July 2016, Wilson submitted falsified invoices to a general contractor and, ultimately, the Iowa Department of Transportation for stockpiled materials on the I-29 Sioux Interchange Project. The altered invoices increased the amounts of valid supplier invoices by $807,637.10. As a result, K&L gained an unapproved and unethical no-interest loan in an attempt to remedy the company’s cash-flow problems. In January 2018, Wilson was sentenced to 2 years of supervised release and $34,000 in fines.
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.