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‘Reckless Gamble’ Leads to Jail Time

Choosing to defy a "stop work" order on a Milpitas, CA, job site has led to prison sentences for two California construction company agents, according to authorities.

Paint Stripper CEO Admits to Bribery

OKLAHOMA CITY--Visits to strip joints, a $2,600 football helmet, and thousands of dollars in cash were just some of the gratuities that a manufacturer of depaint products spread around to wi...

OSHA Card Fraudster May Get 5 Years

CAMDEN, NJ--A thriving enterprise peddling fake federal safety certifications on New Jersey job sites has shut down with a second guilty plea and the prospect of prison for one of the princi...

Wage Theft at Home in Construction

AMHERST, MA—It's not fraud; it's a new business model.

Pipeline Worker Avoids Prison for Spill

MILWAUKEE, WI—A former Shell Pipeline Company corrosion coordinator won't spend any time in prison for lying about his negligence, which led to a pipeline leak that released over 9,000 gallo...

Suspended Firm Seeks Alternate Route

NEW HAVEN, CT—Doctored payrolls on several federally funded projects have made a Connecticut construction company ineligible for future work, but the fines proposed have prompted a proposal ...

Guilty Plea for Bad Bridge Bearings

RALEIGH, NC—A Chicago contractor is facing seven years in prison after he admitted forging the name of an unwitting teenager to order and approve defective bridge parts for projects in North...

Contractor Agrees to $1M DBE Settlement

ATLANTA—A Georgia general contractor will pay $1 million for false claims made on construction projects involving the Federal Highway Administration's Disadvantaged Business Enterprise progr...

Feds Suspend Construction Trainer

The former director of a university program that trained students for highway construction careers has been suspended from future federal transportation contracts amid allegations that he li...

Paving Trio Face Wage Theft Allegations

Three people from a California seal coating business face 42 felony counts alleging a slew of wage theft and compensation fraud charges, the Santa Barbara District Attorney's Office announce...

Beloved Bridge Lost and Found

A 5,000-pound bridge that mysteriously vanished from a Michigan property has been reunited with its owner.

Paint-Stripper Bribery Draws in Others

A CEO indicted for bribing military base officials to buy his paint remover was the last, but not the least, person implicated in the plot, officials said Tuesday (Dec. 9).

Paint Stripper CEO Accused of Bribery

The founder of a paint remover maker faces up to 60 years in prison after his indictment on bribery charges and lying about whether his product met military standards, officials announced.

DBE Owner Cops to Conspiracy Scheme

A Pennsylvania subcontractor has admitted peddling his company as a DBE-certified front for 13 subcontracts on federally funded projects over a two-year period.

Pipeline Inspector Guilty of Lapses

A former Shell Pipeline Company employee responsible for corrosion monitoring will pay $19 million in restitution and face up to 15 years in prison for his role in a pipeline leak that relea...

AkzoNobel Probes Chicago Fraud

AkzoNobel says it has been the victim of up to $66.5 million in "external fraud" at its Chicago office.

Bridge Sub Held in DBE Contract Fraud

A Pennsylvania subcontractor is facing fraud conspiracy charges after allegedly allowing his company to be used as a DBE-certified front for contractors seeking federal contracts.

DOT Hit on Contractor Suspension Data

The U.S. Department of Transportation is doing a poor job of managing its system for banned contractors, putting the entire government at risk of contracting with dishonest parties, a new au...

Four Plead Guilty in TBT Paint Scam

Four Florida men and two companies have pleaded guilty to selling toxic boat paint they had previously agreed to stop manufacturing.

U.S. Suspends Contractors for DBE Fraud

Two New York construction companies and three people have been debarred from federally funded projects for three years following criminal convictions for a 17-year-long Disadvantaged Busines...

Contractors Get Jail in Tax, DOT Fraud

Two Ohio construction executives will spend 21 months in federal prison after admitting to tax evasion and falsifying federal documents, authorities announced.

Contractor Must Rehire Whistleblower

The contractor that is removing 177 underground storage tanks from the U.S.'s largest nuclear site has been ordered to reinstate an employee who had voiced safety and environmental concerns.

Contractor to Pay $292K for OT Wages

A California concrete and asphalt paving contractor has agreed to pay $292,184 in overtime back wages after failing to accurately record and pay employees for hours worked, the U.S. Departme...

$5M Settlement to Repay 500 Workers

A New York general contractor will pay nearly $5 million to make good on wages and benefits owed to hundreds of its subcontractors' employees on a federally funded project. about bout 200...

Contractor Barred for Wage Fraud

An Arizona subcontractor is banned from federal projects for three years and is repaying nearly $200,000 in back wages after federal prosecutors found falsified payroll records on a highway ...

2 Firms Fined $130K in Stadium Death

U.S. authorities are alleging willful wrongdoing in the fatal fall of a 25-year-old construction worker on the $450 million Texas A&M stadium redevelopment project

Rejected NY Painting Contract Back On

A $4.7 million bridge painting contract rejected by New York State officials is back on, after the Department of Transportation said an independent monitor would watch over the contractor's ...

Contractor Settles Fraud Case for $12M

A Chicago construction company will pay $12 million to resolve a former project manager’s complaints that it falsified disadvantaged business requirements on several public projects.

$500K Paid for Unwanted Bridge Designs

A famous architect was paid a half-million dollars for unsolicited design ideas for two large bridge projects, a new report says.

DBE Fraud Costs Company $2.4M

A construction contractor will pay $2.4 million for faking a disadvantaged-business requirement in order to win a $39.6 million contract in Connecticut, the FBI announced Monday (April 7).

NY Shuts Down Bridge Painting Contract

New York State officials have rejected a $4.7 million contract to paint 13 bridges, citing “serious concerns” about the state transportation agency's chosen contractor.

400 Drywallers to Regain Back Pay

A Washington State contractor will spend $550,000 to make good on wages allegedly shorted from hundreds of workers over several years.

‘Unlucky’ Coatings Exec Indicted

A marine coatings maker who survived a shark attack last year has now been bitten by a federal indictment charging him with making and selling thousands of gallons of toxic boat paint he had...

2 Plead Guilty in Painting Kickback

A paint department manager and industrial cleaning contractor have pleaded guilty to a kickback scheme stemming from a Defense Department contract worth more than $500,000, federal authoriti...

Emails Paint Traffic Jam as Revenge

Are deliberate traffic jams on busy public bridges the newest political dirty trick? That's the email-fueled accusation that kept New Jersey's popular governor on the hot seat for two hours ...

Owner Pleads Guilty in Bid-Rigging

With his bribery attempts recorded by a project manager, the former owner of a New Jersey heavy construction and paving company is now looking at 20 years in prison for bid-rigging.

Construction Fraud Tab: $860B

Money laundering, bid rigging, bribery and other types of fraud are now bleeding the global construction industry of about $860 billion a year—a tab that could nearly double by 2025, a new r...

Alleged Fraud Scheme Nets 42 Felonies

A former California contractor was charged with 42 felony counts after allegedly scamming his employees out of wages and raking in over $81,000, prosecutors announced.

3 Held in High-Rolling Navy Bribe Scam

Luxury travel and prostitutes were exchanged for secret information and hundreds of millions of dollars in Navy service contracts, according to federal charges filed this week in two bribery...


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