On December 14, 2022, Dennis Ferreira, former Project Superintendent of Barletta Heavy Division, Inc., pleaded guilty in the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island to making false statements in connection with a federally funded highway project. Ferreira was charged by an information in October 2022.
The investigation revealed that, in July 2020, Ferreira falsely reported to the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) and FHWA the origin of railroad ballast and dirt imported for the 6/10 Interchange Project in Providence, Rhode Island.
Ferreira was also responsible for a report Barletta submitted to RIDOT stating that the stone had been tested and met environmental criteria when, in fact, the stone had not been tested and did not meet the environmental criteria.
DOT-OIG is conducting this investigation with the U.S. Department of Labor-OIG with assistance from the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, Division of Law Enforcement.