On September 8, 2022, Brent Brewbaker, a North Carolina engineering firm executive, was sentenced in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina to 18 months of incarceration, 24 months of supervised release, an $111,000 fine, and a $600 special assessment. The investigation revealed that between 2009 and 2018, Brewbaker participated in conspiracies to rig bids and submit false certifications of non-collusion for more than 300 North Carolina-funded aluminum structure projects. Brewbaker instructed a co-conspirator to submit non-competitive bids to North Carolina DOT and to hide the bid rigging and fraud by varying the amounts of the submitted inflated bids.
DOT-OIG conducted this investigation with the U.S. Postal Service-OIG.