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Maine Individual Pleads Guilty to Making False Statements on Federally Funded Bridge Project

On June 11, 2021, Jim Wentworth pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the District of Maine to making false statements related to a highway project. On June 8, Wentworth was charged by an information for the same charges. In May 2019, Wentworth, a project manager for Reed & Reed, Inc., received an itemized cost list from a subcontractor, falsely inflated the costs, and submitted the falsified list to the Maine Department of Transportation in a contract modification. Wentworth executed the contract modification using the inflated cost amounts from June through December 2019, resulting in more than $91,000 in overpayments to Reed & Reed, Inc.