On June 20, 2023, the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island sentenced Dennis Ferreira, former Project Superintendent at Barletta Heavy Division, Inc., to 1 year of probation, a $40,000 fine, 100 hours of community service, and a $300 special assessment. Ferreira pleaded guilty to making false statements in connection with highway projects.
The investigation revealed that in July 2020, Ferreira falsely reported to the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration 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, it had not.
DOT-OIG is conducting this investigation with U.S. Department of Labor-OIG with assistance from the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, Division of Law Enforcement.