September 30, 2021
Fourth Conspirator Pleads Guilty To Conducting Surety Bond Fraud Scheme
On September 30, 2021, Alexander Xavier pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. Xavier, along with three other co-defendants, was indicted on December 8, 2020, for using various businesses to unlawfully obtain payments from construction companies in exchange for fraudulent surety bonds secured by valueless “gold certificates.” The scheme included the March 2015 sale of a fraudulent surety bond, purportedly valued at nearly $23 million, to contractors working on the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s (PANYNJ) Goethals Bridge replacement project, which is funded by the Federal Highway Administration. The victims paid over $919,000 for the fraudulent surety bond.
DOT-OIG is conducting this investigation with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-OIG, PANYNJ-OIG, and the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division.