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Paving and Asphalt Company Owner Sentenced for a Monopolization Scheme

On March 29, 2023, the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana sentenced Nathan Zito, president and owner of a paving and asphalt company, to 3 years of probation with a special condition of 6 months of home detention, a $27,000 fine, and a $100 special assessment.
As early as January 2020, Zito knowingly engaged in anticompetitive conduct with the intent to gain monopoly power in the highway crack sealing services markets in Montana and Wyoming. Zito proposed to a competitor that they enter into a market allocation agreement in which the two companies would stop competing against each other by dividing territories in Montana, Wyoming, and neighboring States.
DOT-OIG conducted this investigation with the FBI.