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FHWA Suspends Former Employee of Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project Contractor

On November 10, 2022, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) suspended Daniel Maquindang from participating in federally funded non-procurement programs.
In July 2022, Maquindang, a former employee of Shimmick Construction Co., Inc. (Shimmick), pleaded guilty to bank fraud in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. Shimmick was one of the prime contractors on the Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project, which was partially funded by FHWA. Maquindang devised a fraud scheme that involved starting several companies and Square accounts, which facilitated mobile point-of-sale purchases. Maquindang then used Shimmick's credit cards to make fraudulent charges on behalf of the companies, which went into the Square accounts, and then transferred the funds into Maquindang’s personal bank account.
DOT-OIG is conducting this investigation with assistance from the U.S. Secret Service.
Note: A suspension or debarment frequently covers a specific period of time. Please consult the System for Award Management to determine whether a company or individual is currently suspended or debarred.