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FHWA Debars PA Bridge Construction Firm

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

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Almost three years after pleading guilty, Carl M. Weber Steel Service owners Dennis Weber and Dale Weber, as well as their conspiratorial business enterprise Karen Construction Inc. and its owner Judy Noll, have been debarred for a 16-year-long Disadvantaged Business Enterprise scam.

The Webers and their company "set up and utilized a sham DBE called Karen Construction Co. Inc." to obtain DBE bridge and highway subcontracts across Pennsylvania, the FBI said.

Company Debarment

Noll was president of Karen Construction from January 2002 to October 2011, during which time the company landed almost $19 million in subcontracts. In reality, Weber Steel and Karen Construction operated as one business run by the Weber brothers.

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Almost three years after pleading guilty, Carl M. Weber Steel Service owners Dennis Weber and Dale Weber, as well as their conspiratorial business enterprise Karen Construction Inc. and its owner Judy Knoll, were debarred for the next three years.

The two companies shared an office and employees. Noll's role was ginning up false reports, certifications, invoices and correspondence that represented Karen to state and federal transportation officials as a legitimate DBE firm, authorities said.

Federal officials said that Karen Construction was never more than an arm of Weber Steel, created as a pass-through to satisfy the DBE program.

Dennis and Dale Weber directed that Karen's profits be shared with them in year-end bonuses that were disguised through phony invoicing. Noll received no bonus from Weber Steel and did not share in its profits. In October 2015, all parties plead guilty.

In January 2016, Dennis and Dale Weber were each sentenced to six months of home confinement, as well as five years’ probation. Their company, Weber Steel, was also put on five years’ probation. All three entities were also ordered to collectively pay $1 million to the Federal Highway Administration for restitution. In February of that same year, Noll was sentenced to three years’ probation, and was also ordered to pay $336,219 to the FHWA.

The Department of Transportation Office of the Inspector General conducted the investigation with the FBI and the Department of Labor OIG.

   

Tagged categories: Bridges; Department of Transportation (DOT); Government; Laws and litigation; NA; North America; Program/Project Management; Roads/Highways

Comment from Tony Rangus, (8/29/2018, 9:56 AM)

A couple of questions: Were the fines ever paid? Can Dennis & Dale Weber & Judy Noll start a new company & perform State work or does their probation preclude this?


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