October 20, 2020
Wisconsin Man Sentenced for Making False Statements
On October 20, 2020, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin convicted and sentenced Telemachos Agoudemos to time served and a $100 special assessment following his April 17, 2018, guilty plea to making or using a false statement. The investigation revealed a scheme in which Agoudemos and his co-conspirators operated construction companies with straw owners who qualified as disadvantaged individuals or service-disabled veterans but did not actually control the companies. The participants fraudulently obtained Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) certification to collect more than $200 million in Government-funded contracts to which they were not entitled.
DOT-OIG conducted this investigation with the FBI, Army Criminal Investigation Division, and the OIGs at the Small Business Administration General Services Administration, and the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense.