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Georgia Concrete Company and Individuals Indicted In Scheme to Fix Prices and Rig Bids in Violation of Antitrust Laws

On September 2, 2020, Evans Concrete, LLC, along with James Pedrick, Gregory Melton, John “David” Melton, and Timothy “Bo” Strickland, were indicted by a grand jury in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia for their roles in a long-running conspiracy to fix prices, rig bids, and allocate markets for ready-mix concrete.
The indictment alleges that from as early as 2010 until approximately July 2016, the defendants submitted rigged bids and accepted payments for ready-mix concrete that was sold through contracts for various projects, including federally funded road projects. To carry out the conspiracy, one of the named individuals allegedly served as a conduit, exchanging price-increase letters and other competitive information between the defendants and other co-conspirators. According to the indictment, their aim was to control the marketplace by coordinating price increases, rigging bids, and allocating jobs.
DOT-OIG is conducting this investigation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and U.S. Postal Service OIG, with substantial assistance from the Georgia Department of Transportation.
Note: Indictments, informations, and criminal complaints are only accusations by the Government. All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.