On August 28, 2023, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Minnesota and the Minnesota Attorney General's Office entered into a civil settlement agreement with Dow Chemical Co., in which Dow agreed to pay a total of $456,665.42 to resolve alleged civil violations of the False Claims Act. According to the settlement agreement, between 2012 and 2015, Dow's former subsidiary, Poly Carb, Inc., provided multi-component enamel paint products for several Federal- and State funded construction projects throughout the State of Minnesota. Poly Carb allegedly made materially false claims and statements and failed to follow contract specifications and applicable rules by fabricating test results and forging signatures and documentation for the enamel products it provided.
Dow shall pay to the United States and the State of Minnesota Federal and State lump sum settlement amounts of $259,385.96 and $197,279.46 respectively.
DOT-OIG conducted this investigation with assistance from the Federal Highway Administration-Minnesota Division and the Minnesota Department of Transportation.