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Oil Chem Owner Sentenced for Flint Dumping

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that President and owner of Oil Chem Inc., Robert J. Massey, had been sentenced 12 months in prison for violating the Clean Water...


We Build the Wall Founder Indicted for Tax Fraud

Founder of We Build the Wall, Brian Kolfage, was recently indicted by a federal grand jury in Pensacola, Florida for filing a false tax return and wire fraud.


Colonial Pays $5M Ransom, Returns Service

After paying a ransom of nearly $5 million, the largest U.S. refined products pipeline system, Colonial Pipeline, has reported that it has officially resumed “normal operations” following a ...


US Pipeline Suffers Cyberattack, Shuts Down

Last week, the largest U.S. refined products pipeline system, Colonial Pipeline (Alpharetta, Georgia), shut down all its operations after experiencing a ransomware attack.


Supreme Court Throws Out Bridgegate Case

Last Thursday (May 7), the Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan announced in a 15-page ruling that the cases against New Jersey officials Bridget Anne Kelly and Bill Baroni—involved in the "Bri...


Former MTA Manager Pleads Guilty to Bid Rigging, Fraud

According to a release issued by the United States Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York, former Metropolitan Transportation Authority Manger, Paresh Patel, has pleaded guil...


PA Man Sentenced in DBE Fraud Case

Earlier this month, Stamatios “Tom” Kousisis and his employer, Alpha Painting and Construction, Inc. (Alpha) (Edgewood, Maryland), were sentenced for wire fraud and other related charges.


Flint Water Receives $77M in Funding

Marking its five-year anniversary since the Flint, Michigan, water crisis, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality announced that the city would be receiving $77.7 million in federa...


Metro OIG Takes Over Silver Line Case

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s Office of the Inspector General announced last week it will take over the investigation into quality-control issues on the $2.8 billion D...


Metro OIG Takes Over Silver Line Case

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s Office of the Inspector General announced last week it will take over the investigation into quality-control issues on the $2.8 billion D...


San Francisco Sues Official for Permit Fraud

California construction engineering firm Santos & Urrutia and its two cofounders have been accused of camouflaging major excavation work on a few residences, according to a lawsuit from the ...


NJ Firm Official Debarred Over NYCTA Bribes

The former principal of a New Jersey engineering consulting firm has been debarred for three years by the Federal Transit Administration in relation to charges he made payments to a former N...


NJ Engineer Debarred Over NYCTA Bribes

The former principal of a New Jersey engineering consulting firm has been debarred for three years by the Federal Transit Administration in relation to charges he made payments to a former N...


DC Metro Concrete Panels Will Be Sealed

Officials are now saying that no major fixes or replacements will be necessary on the concrete panels of the D.C. Metro Silver Line Extensions project. The update comes weeks after early tes...


Silver Line Concrete Panels Will Be Sealed

Weeks after early test results were revealed, indicating that potential issues with concrete panels on the D.C. Metro Silver Line Extension project may not have been as bad as originally fea...


Bridge Painters Convicted on PA DBE Fraud

In late August, Stamatios “Tom” Kousisis, and his employer, Alpha Painting and Construction Inc., were convicted of conspiracy to commit and execution of wire fraud, and making false stateme...


DC Metro Contractor Indicted on Bribery Charge

An official from a civil and general construction contractor based in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., has been indicted on a single charge of attempting to bribe a public official, an alleg...


DC Contractor Indicted on Bribery Charge

An official from a civil and general construction contractor based in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., has been indicted on a single charge of attempting to bribe a public official, an alleg...


Contractor Pleads Guilty in Metro Concrete Case

The quality-control manager who oversaw testing of concrete used on the D.C. Metro Silver Line extension project pleaded guilty Friday to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and ha...


Contractor Admits Guilt in Metro Concrete Fraud

The quality-control manager who oversaw testing of concrete used on the D.C. Metro Silver Line extension project pleaded guilty Friday to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and ha...


NY Construction Execs Charged with Fraud

Two men were indicted in an Albany, New York, court for allegedly stealing the identities of minority-owned Lorice Enterprises Inc. and Precision Environmental Solutions Inc. as well as for ...


IL Man Debarred Over Bridge Bearings

Over two years since his initial sentencing for making false statements about highway projects, Joel De La Torre, a Chicago-based contractor, was also debarred in late May from doing busines...


NY Contractor Indicted by FHWA for Defrauding Scheme

In a case connected with the reconstruction of the New York City Kosciuszko Bridge, 15 individuals and companies were indicted with charges of corrupting the government, bribery, bribe recei...


Painting Firms Charged in Pass-Through Scheme

Two bridge-painting firms, along with two of their employees, are facing charges in relation to an alleged pass-through scheme that federal investigators say took place during two Philadelph...


WI Company Charged with $200M in Fraud

Owner of Wisconsin-based contractor Sonag Company Inc. Brian Ganos was recently indicted by the state’s grand jury for 22 counts of fraud, reportedly creating minority and veteran-owned busi...


Painting Firm Enters FHWA Deal Over Fraud Charges

In late March, three officials from Pennsylvania-based Hercules Painting Company entered into an agreement with the Federal Highway Administration, voluntarily excluding themselves from part...


Witness: Officials Warned About Flint Plant

On Monday, as part of a larger criminal preliminary exam hearing of four current and former Michigan Department of Environmental Quality officials, a Genesee County water expert testified th...


PA Contractor Pleads Guilty to Fraud, Pollution

A Pennsylvania painting subcontractor pled guilty Monday to charges of embezzlement, wire fraud and violations of the Clean Water Act in a case stemming from a rehab job on Harrisburg’s Geor...


WA Contractor Charged After Fatal Trench Collapse

For the first time in the state’s history, a Washington contractor is facing felony charges in connection with an employee’s death.


DIY Painter Hits the Road

Some commuters get annoyed when a crew is out painting markings on the road and holding up traffic; late last month, a man in one China city got annoyed with traffic and decided to paint som...


'Lazy' Tech Sentenced in Concrete Scandal

One of the 19 lab workers charged in relation to the falsification of concrete test results on a Hong Kong bridge megaproject was sentenced to eight months in jail Friday after pleading guil...


19 Charged in Concrete Testing Fraud

Nearly six months after Hong Kong authorities arrested 21 workers over the alleged falsification of concrete lab test results on the region’s biggest bridge-and-tunnel megaproject, officials...


Grenfell Public Inquiry Details Released

The public inquiry into the fatal fire at London’s Grenfell Tower opened late last week, with officials announcing timeline goals for the investigation.


Woman Sentenced in London Architecture Fraud

A woman was sentenced last week after a guilty verdict stemming from falsifying documents to the Architects Registration Board, in London.


Owner Sentenced in Bridge Payroll Scheme

The owner of a Pennsylvania bridge-painting firm has been sentenced to probation and a monetary fine in relation to a payroll scheme on a federally funded bridge project in Philadelphia.


NJ Woman Sentenced in Bridge Job Pass-Through

A New Jersey woman has been sentenced for using her business to commit fraud on a bridge project.


Flint Crisis Sparks Manslaughter Charges

Five Michigan officials, including the head of the state’s Department of Health and Human Services, were charged Wednesday with involuntary manslaughter in a case related to the Flint drinki...


CT Man Sentenced for Faked Bridge Inspection

A Connecticut man has been sentenced for falsifying an inspection report for a New York bridge.


21 Arrested for Falsifying Concrete Tests

An anti-corruption agency in Hong Kong arrested 21 people Tuesday in relation to the alleged falsification of concrete tests on the massive Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge.


Bridge Firm Suspended Over Fraud Allegation

The Federal Highway Administration announced Monday that it has suspended a New Castle, Pennsylvania, bridge-painting firm and its owner, who faces charges in relation to an alleged payroll ...


Charges Filed in NY Wall Collapse Death

The owner of two New York construction companies was indicted for putting workers in danger after allegedly ignoring their concerns about an unstable wall that collapsed at a work site, kill...


NY Man Charged in Architecture Fraud Case

A New York man has been charged with nearly 60 counts of larceny, forgery, fraud and unlicensed practice of architecture.


NJ Bridgegate Figures Face Prison

A former high-ranking official in the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and a former staffer of the New Jersey governor's office have been sentenced to prison for their roles in the ...


Contractor’s Bookkeeper Admits Fraud

A former bookkeeper of an Ohio-based contractor has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a multi-year fraud scheme, authorities have announced.


Marine Staffing Agency Owner Pleads Guilty

A Texas man who owned a staffing service for industrial and marine businesses has pleaded guilty to failing to pay about $18 million in taxes, according to the Department of Justice.


Man Paints over Historic Clock Tower

A man has been charged with criminal and willful damage after he painted over a historic clock tower at Southern Cross railway station in Melbourne.


Contractor CEO Gets Prison for Union Theft

A Washington, D.C. area builder will serve more than five years behind bars for his involvement in a scheme to steal more than $1.7 million from a labor union, authorities have announced.


Hotel Developer Gets Prison in Visa Scam

A 33-year-old aspiring Chicago hotel developer will spend three years behind bars for bilking Chinese investors out of nearly $158 million for a hotel and convention center project that neve...


Scaffolding Firm Exec Gets Jail Time

The owner of two New York-based scaffolding businesses that worked on city, state and private projects has agreed to spend 16 weekends behind bars and pay $2 million for underreporting milli...


Feds: Owner Paid $1M in Bribes for Jobs

An Atlanta-based construction executive has admitted to bribing city officials in order to obtain lucrative business deals on high-profile public projects.


Utility Sentenced in Pipeline Blast

California’s largest utility faces $3 million in fines, five years’ probation and a number of other sanctions as part of its sentencing on charges related to a fatal pipeline explosion that ...


Owner Fined for Razing Historic Building

A “catastrophic decision” to demolish a 200-year-old historic property in England has resulted in a £20,000 ($24,318 USD) court fine for a U.K. man.


Operator Faces Charges in CA Crane Fall

The crane operator on a California bridge construction site where two workers were killed in 2014 now faces charges of manslaughter and occupational safety violations in relation to the inci...


Contractor Fined $10K for Manslaughter

A New York general contractor convicted of manslaughter last June has been ordered to pay a $10,000 fine after refusing to obey the original sentence imposed, authorities relate.


Flint Crisis Sparks More Felony Charges

Four more officials are facing charges over the state and city response to the drinking-water crisis in Flint, MI, after the state’s attorney general announced a new round of legal actions T...


Contractor Sought in Nigeria Church Collapse

Dozens of worshippers were killed Saturday (Dec. 10) when a church in Nigeria collapsed during a large ceremony, and local officials quickly ordered the arrest of the contractor who had rece...


Brazil Eyes World Cup Stadium Bid Rigging

Two years after Brazil hosted the World Cup soccer tournament, regulators in that country say a “cartel” of large construction contractors colluded to fix bids and inflate contracts for the ...


Contractor Guilty in Tribal Pay-to-Play Scheme

The president of a Montana-based construction company faces up to 20 years in prison and thousands of dollars in fines for bribing tribal officials in order to receive lucrative contracts on...


Former Chinese Diplomats Face Charges

Federal prosecutors in New York have charged two former Chinese diplomats in a six-year scheme involving forced construction work.


Homebuilding Giant Told to Pay $16M

One of the United States’ largest homebuilders has been ordered to pay $16.3 million in damages for mishandling the finances of the homeowners association at a condominium complex it was bui...


Painter Expected to Plea in $900K Theft

A Pennsylvania house painter is expected to plead guilty to bilking a couple out of nearly $1 million while doing work for them, according to local reports.


Inspector Faces Bribery Charges

A New York Fire Department inspector has been accused of bribery after allegedly offering cash to a Department of Buildings inspector in exchange for ignoring a violation for construction wo...


Feds: Project Manager Stole $2.7M

A former project manager with one of the largest construction companies in Indiana has been accused of bilking the business out of $2.7 million, according to authorities.


UK Man Admits Demolishing Historic House

A U.K. man is facing a possible jail sentence after demolishing a 200-year-old building that was a listed landmark, and leaving an adjoining home in shambles in the process.


Former City Engineer Faces Prison

A former California city engineer faces nearly 14 years in prison for allegedly embezzling more than $500,000 over a three-year period.


Design Firm to Pay $12M in Kickback Case

A Buffalo, NY-based international architecture firm has agreed to pay $12 million to resolve allegations of criminal conduct by its employees, including paying bribes and kickbacks in order ...


Painter Accused of Assaulting Worker

An argument over tardiness and work performance reportedly turned violent for one Boston painting contractor and his employee.


Paint Used as Sealer Exposes Scheme

A man posing as a contractor took advantage of a Bowie, MD, resident by using paint to “seal” her driveway and charging her thousands for the job.


Feds Say 7 Duped $350M from Government

A federal grand jury in Columbia, SC, has charged seven people with cheating the government out of hundreds of millions of dollars in a construction fraud scheme.


CA Mayor Resigns After Bribery Plea

The mayor of a Southern California city resigned Tuesday (Aug. 9) after admitting he took bribes from a construction contractor.


Jury: PG&E Guilty of Pipeline Safety Breaches

A federal jury found California utility company Pacific Gas and Electric Co. guilty of criminal charges connected to the fatal 2010 San Bruno pipeline explosion.


SCDOT Workers Face Corruption Charges

A South Carolina grand jury has indicted three former state transportation department officials on corruption charges for activities that reach back approximately seven years, according to m...


PG&E Penalties Slashed to $6M

The utility company involved in the 2010 San Bruno, CA, pipeline explosion will be facing only a small fraction of the criminal penalties prosecutors had originally been seeking in the case.


NY Bridge Inspector Charges Wreak Havoc

The safety of many bridges in Connecticut is now in question after the arrest earlier this year in New York of a bridge inspector accused of faking inspection reports.


NY Firm Sentenced in Fatal Trench Case

A Manhattan Supreme Court judge has ordered a construction company to fund public service announcements on worker safety as punishment in a manslaughter case; however, attorneys for the comp...


Contractor Charged in Fatal Fall

A New York-based concrete contractor and his companies have been indicted on manslaughter and other charges in connection with the falling death of a worker.


Construction Family Headed to Prison

A New York-based father and daughter construction team will serve time behind bars for cheating clients out of more than $350,000.


Owner Gets Probation in Immigration Case

A Washington State drywall company and its owner have been sentenced for illegally hiring workers in violation of immigration laws.


Pipeline Company Faces Criminal Charges

Nearly one year to the day from the pipeline breach that spilled 140,000 gallons of crude oil on the California coast, the Houston-based pipeline operator has been indicted on 46 criminal co...


Bearing Maker Gets 35 Months for Fraud

A Chicago manufacturer who had pleaded guilty to making false statements concerning highway projects and to aggravated identity theft will spend 35 months in behind bars, according to the U....


Criminal Trial Pending for 2010 Blast

Six years after a devastating blast in one of its natural gas pipelines, a California utility company is facing a criminal trial.


Burgling Brit Foiled by Can of Paint

You’ve heard of the thief who was caught red-handed, but a burglar in the U.K. recently was apprehended because of white feet.


Sting Nets Painters, Concrete Workers

Thirty-six painters, 17 concrete contractors and 30 other home-improvement contractors have been charged with running unlicensed businesses after they were caught this month in a California ...


Architect Gets 33 Months in Bribery Case

A Virginia architect who was found guilty of using inside information to obtain contracts at a Veterans Affairs hospital will spend 33 months behind bars, according to federal prosecutors.


Fatal Collapse Spurs Fraud Charges

A company previously indicted on criminal charges related to a construction site fatality in New York City is now facing fraud charges concerning workers and salaries.


Developer Faces 230 Years in Prison

The president of a well-known Chicago-based real estate firm has been convicted of swindling banks and the city out of millions of dollars relating to the redevelopment of a former Goldblatt...


Manager Gets 1-3 Years for Safety Fraud

The manager of a construction site safety inspection consultancy in New York City will spend one to three years in state prison for fraudulent inspections.


Exec Gets 19 Years in Kickback Scheme

The former president of Brazil’s largest construction company is the latest official to be sentenced in the ongoing investigation into corruption at the country’s state-run oil company.


Architect Gets Prison in Deadly Collapse

A Japanese architect will spend eight months in prison in connection with a fatal grocery store parking garage collapse in 2011.


5 Charged in Fatal Building Explosion

A New York City building owner, general contractor and subcontractor are facing multiple charges in connection with a deadly building explosion in Manhattan.


Asbestos Pipe Work Leads to Guilty Plea

The improper removal and disposal of asbestos during pipeline work led a 60-year-old Kennard, TX, man to admit guilt for federal environmental violations, U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announc...


Father-Daughter Team Face Fraud Case

A New York-based father and daughter construction team are facing up to 15 years behind bars for allegedly cheating nearly a dozen subcontractors and a client out of more than $780,000.


Convicted Architect Makes Sentencing Deal

A Virginia architect who was found guilty of using inside information to obtain contracts at a VA hospital in Ohio has made a sentencing deal with prosecutors to avoid further charges.


Burglar Leaves Footprints in UV Paint

Now, this man painted himself in a corner. Police in the UK were recently able to catch a burglar, with the help of a bright green UV paint, according to Shropshirelive.com and other news ou...


Unregistered Painter Agrees to Stop

Washington state contractor Terry Foster has agreed to stop painting without registering for a contractor’s license—even though he allegedly said last year that those rules do not apply to h...


UV Paint Helps Bust Burglar

Now, this man painted himself in a corner. Police in the UK were recently able to catch a burglar, with the help of a bright green UV paint, according to Shropshirelive.com and other news ou...


Judge Sentences Two for Fatal Collapse

Finding one defendant remorseful and another disregarding public safety, a judge in Philadelphia sentenced two men accused of killing people when they caused a city building to collapse.


NY Builder Agrees to Pay Out $20M

One of New York City’s largest building firms, Tishman Construction Corp., has admitted to employing fraudulent billing practices to cheat its project clients out of more than $5 million dol...


Major NYC Builder Admits Fraud

Tishman Construction Corp.—the firm behind One World Trade Center and the Plaza Hotel projects—has admitted to overbilling clients more than $5 million over the last decade, federal authorit...


NYC: Former Citibank Leader Took Bribes

Four people and two corporations have pleaded guilty to engaging in a pay-to-play scheme in the New York City construction industry, the New York County District Attorney’s office announced.


Steel Company Charged in Deadly Fall

A structural steel subcontractor faces a criminal charge in connection with a 22-year-old apprentice’s falling death.


Employee Skims from Paint Contractor

A former bookkeeper for an industrial painting contractor has pleaded guilty to charges that he stole more than $200,000 from his employer while working there.


Shipyards Eyed in Brazil Graft Scandal

As the official investigation into the graft scandal involving Brazilian oil and gas giant Petrobras proceeds, three shipyards were revealed to be among those implicated in the scheme.


Contractor Guilty in Philly Collapse

A jury in Philadelphia has convicted a contractor of involuntary manslaughter in a 2013 building collapse that killed six and injured 13.


Contractor Faces Workers’ Comp Charges

A former construction worker who collected disability after stating a job-related accident left him unable to work is facing a felony theft charge.


Painter Charged for Unlawful Contracting

A State of Washington painting contractor who is also a former city official has been charged with unregistered contracting after receiving multiple violations from the state’s labor departm...


Safety Probe Spurs Manslaughter Charges

The owner and foreman of a California construction company face manslaughter charges stemming from the falling death of an employee.


Landlord Gets Probation for Lead Fraud

A Massachusetts property manager has been sentenced to five years of probation after he pleaded guilty to falsifying two lead inspection reports for his properties, one of which was rented t...


Two Sentenced in Brazilian Oil Scheme

The former treasurer of Brazil’s ruling party and a former official for the state-run oil company Petrobras have been sentenced for their roles in what authorities have said is the largest c...


Murder Trial in Collapse Set to Begin

More than two years after a downtown Philadelphia building collapse killed six people, the demolition contractor connected to the incident will stand trial for murder.


Architect Guilty of Charges in VA Case

A federal jury has found a Virginia architect guilty of bribing the former director of the Veterans Affairs medical centers in Dayton and Cleveland, OH, in exchange for confidential details ...


Construction VP Guilty in Fraud Scheme

A former executive of a large St. Louis-based construction company has been found guilty in a scheme to use corporate funds to pay for personal expenses.


NV Contractor Gets 15 Years for Fraud

A former construction company owner will spend more than 15 years in prison for his role in a massive $58 million scheme to gain control and defraud Las Vegas-area homeowners’ associations.


‘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.


Charges Filed in Fatal Pit Collapse

Two construction supervisors and their employers have been charged in connection with a trench collapse that killed a 22-year-old worker this spring at a retail project site in New York.


Bosses Get 2 Years in Cave-in Death

The owner and project manager of a California construction company will spend two years behind bars in connection with the 2012 cave-in death of an employee in Milpitas, according to authori...


Developer Charged in $2M Scheme

A real-estate developer faces 20 years in prison and hefty fines after allegedly bilking investors in a $2 million Ponzi scheme, according to authorities.


Contractor Admits $6M Veteran Fraud

TRENTON, NJ--The owner of several New Jersey construction companies is headed to prison after pleading guilty to raking in millions of dollars from a federal program designed to help disable...


Phony Contractors Nabbed in 9 States

PHOENIX--More than 430 unlicensed painters and other contractors have been rounded up in a multistate sting.


GC Pleads to Bribery over Code Fines

NEWARK, NJ--A general contractor from New Jersey has admitted bribing a local inspector in an attempt to avoid nearly $9 million in fines for fire-code violations.


6 Roof Coating Contractors Jailed

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE--Six UK roof coating contractors will spend 18 months to six and a half years in jail for scamming elderly victims across England in a case called “unprecedented and sickenin...


Anti-Vandal Tech Sniffs Graffiti

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA—Fed up with graffiti on commuter trains, police in Australia are employing a new graffiti-smelling technology to sniff out vandals.


Roofer Charged with Lying to OSHA

PHILADELPHIA--In a rare case, the owner of a small Pennsylvania roofing company is facing 25 years in prison for allegedly lying to federal safety authorities regarding the June 2013 falling...


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...


2nd Guilty Plea in OSHA Card Scam

CAMDEN, NJ--A New Jersey man faces five years in prison and a $250,000 fine for selling federal safety certifications to construction workers who had not completed the training.


Fines, Violations End in Felony Plea

VANCOUVER, WA--A driveway paver with a mountain of unpaid fines for everything from child labor to licensing violations has now pleaded guilty to a felony charge.


Man Held in $100M L.A. Arson

LOS ANGELES--A 56-year-old city resident has pleaded not guilty to torching a high-rise under construction last December, igniting an explosion that left more than $100 million in damage.


L.A. Man Held in $100M Blaze

LOS ANGELES--Authorities have charged a 56-year-old man with setting a massive blaze last December that destroyed an apartment complex under construction, damaged nearby buildings, and close...


Worker Jailed in Fire Set to Hide Error

REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN--A framing subcontractor's employee will spend 18 months behind bars for torching a residential project in order to conceal a construction error in 2010.


42 Face Charges in Factory Collapse

DHAKA, BANGLADESH—Murder charges have been brought against the owner of a Bangladesh garment factory and more than a dozen government officials in connection with a building collapse that ki...


Owner, Manager Guilty in Cave-in Death

MILPITAS, CA—A California jury has convicted a construction company owner and project manager for causing the 2012 cave-in death of an employee in Milpitas.


Painter Recants Sub Arson Admission

FORT DIX, NJ—A civilian painter serving 17 years in a federal prison for a $450 million blaze aboard a nuclear submarine now says he did not set that fire.


Graffiti-Smelling Tech Traps Taggers

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA—Technology that sniffs out paint is helping police nab graffiti vandals in the act in New South Wales.


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...


1WTC Contractor Accused of Fraud

NEW YORK CITY—A Mob-connected silent partner in a company that won a $11.4 million contract on the One World Trade Center project has been charged in a lucrative fraud scheme.


Roofer Gets 4 Months in Jail

A Washington State roofing contractor will spend four months in jail and pay $25,000 in restitution for scamming two building owners, authorities have announced.


Stings Snare Dozens of CA Contractors

More than 30 contractors, including nine painters, are facing licensing and other charges after two undercover sting operations by California authorities.


Disney Dream Ends in Federal Felonies

A federal jury has convicted a Texas man of scamming more than 50 investors out of about $14 million with tales of a fake Walt Disney theme park and resort project.


Power Plant Asbestos Draws 3 Felonies

Three people have pleaded guilty to their roles in what may have been the largest asbestos release in Michigan since record-keeping began, investigators announced.


Contractor Cheats Dozens, Gets Prison

A Massachusetts contractor who failed to finish projects, used false identities, and forged documents will spend three and a half years in state prison, a judge ruled Friday (Jan. 30).


Roofing Contractor Admits to Fraud

A West Virginia roofing and general contractor faces more than 20 years in prison after underreporting employee wages and faking an accident to reap insurance proceeds.


Beloved Bridge Lost and Found

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


Bogus Asbestos Trainer Pleads Guilty

A former employee of an asbestos-removal training firm has pleaded guilty to falsely issuing asbestos-abatement certificates on the side to more than 100 people in exchange for cash.


End of Road for Paving Contractor

A notorious paving con artist who took hundreds of thousands of dollars from his victims has been sentenced to 11 years behind bars after violating his probation in California, according to ...


Painting JV Cleared; Suspension Lifted

The bird calmly stayed put—while the workers were there, and even after they left. And the one worker's lone fake card could have fooled anyone, especially in his stack of real ones.


Contractor Gets 9 Years for Fraud

An Ohio-based construction company owner will serve nine years in prison and repay millions in restitution for his role in one of the largest credit-union failures in American history.


Painter Gets 1 Year in Art Theft

A house painter facing 25 years behind bars for stealing six works of art has pleaded guilty and will be released with time served, according to reports.


Arrest Made in $5M Fraud Case

A California woman is facing two decades in prison in an alleged 17-year, $5 million fraud involving a bogus project to build a movie studio.


Design Executive Charged in VA Case

A Virginia design firm mogul is facing 23 charges in a federal corruption case involving construction contracts at Veterans Affairs hospitals across the country.


$860k Paint Bribe Nets Short Jail Term

Painting contractor Harry P. Miconi should be out of prison before he turns 80.


Feds Suspend Painting JV for Fraud

An industrial painting joint venture has been suspended from government contract work following charges of destroying protected nesting sites and hiding employment of undocumented workers on...


Architect’s Killer Gets 15 Years

A property manager who beat his well-known architect boss to death will spend 15 years to life in California state prison for the crime.


FL Home Restorer Gets Prison Term

A Tampa businessman will serve four years in prison for lying about millions of dollars worth of contracts in an effort to defraud investors, authorities say.


Architect Pleads Guilty to Fraud

A 70-year-old California architect has admitted to workers’ compensation fraud, authorities have announced.


Bribery Alleged to Clear $9M Code Fine

A New Jersey contractor is accused of paying a fire official $7,000 to eliminate nearly $9 million in outstanding fines on buildings with fire-code violations.


Asbestos to Land Contractor in Prison

Six months in prison, followed by six months of house arrest, and a $10,000 fine await a South Carolina renovation company owner who contaminated a beach and oceanfront properties with asbes...


Contractor Jailed for Beach Asbestos

The owner of a South Carolina renovation company will spend six months in prison for contaminating a beach and oceanfront properties with asbestos-laden materials, authorities say.


Worker Guilty in Architect’s Killing

An employee has been convicted of second-degree murder in the April 2013 beating death of internationally known architect Graham Downes.


Building Owner to Face Murder Charges

The owner of the Bangladeshi factory building that collapsed one year ago, killing 1,135 workers and injuring 2,500, will face murder charges as the victims try to move on from the tragedy, ...


Menacing Contractor Admits Shakedown

A 67-year-old construction contractor may spend the rest of his life in prison after admitting that he forced his employees to kick back wages and assaulted a project manager at Fort Dix in ...


Contractor Admits to Fraud, Assault

The principal of a Pennsylvania construction company faces dozens of years behind bars for forcing employees to return part of their paychecks and for targeting a site manager during a recon...


PG&E Faces 12 Felony Counts for Blast

Pacific Gas & Electric is being charged with 12 felonies in a criminal indictment for allegedly violating federal pipeline safety laws related to the deadly 2010 pipeline explosion in San Br...


Undercover Sting Nets 121 Contractors

More than 120 California-based contractors, including 56 painters, were nabbed in the state’s latest round of undercover sting operations, aimed at cracking down on unlicensed operators.


NC Mayor Accused of Corruption

The now-former mayor of Charlotte, NC, has been arrested after allegedly accepting tens of thousands of dollars in bribes in a sting by FBI agents posing as real-estate developers wanting to...


Failed Project Developer Sent to Prison

A former Pennsylvania real-estate developer will spend seven years behind bars for fraud and money laundering related to an unfinished $28 million commerce center in the state capital.


Mayor Ousted over Construction Bribes

The mayor of New Jersey’s capital city has been stripped of his post weeks after his conviction in a corruption case involving a parking garage project on city-owned land.


Ex-New Orleans Mayor Found Guilty

A federal jury has convicted former New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin of accepting bribes in exchange for contracting work while leading the hurricane-stricken city.


Developer Gets 27 Years in Prison

A former real-estate developer who left neighborhoods riddled with blighted homes and bilked investors out of millions has been sentenced to 27 years in prison, according to federal authorit...


7 Charged in $50M Fraud Scheme

An engineer, loan officer and five other Florida residents are facing decades in prison in an elaborate residential development scheme in North Carolina that defrauded lenders of $49.6 milli...


Contractor Charged in $330K Fraud Case

A California general contractor and his foreman are facing more than a dozen years behind bars in an alleged scam that raked in more than $330,000 from their employees, prosecutors announced...


Designer Held in $1.2M Veteran Fraud

The owner of a New Jersey-based interior design company is facing two decades in prison in an alleged scheme that siphoned more than $1.2 million from a federal program designed to help disa...


Architect, School Chiefs Get Prison

A Georgia school construction corruption case has ended with prison sentences for two former school district officials and an architect, according to prosecutors.


Contractor Faces 6 Murder Charges

The contractor in charge of a building demolition project that ended up killing six people in Philadelphia has been charged with murder, according to prosecutors.


Home Restorer Admits Securities Fraud

A former executive of a publicly traded Louisiana-based construction and restoration company has admitted to lying about millions of dollars’ worth of contracts in an effort to defraud inves...


Contractor Admits $11M Veteran Fraud

The owner and manager of a New Mexico construction company are headed to prison after pleading guilty to raking in millions of dollars from a federal program designed to help disabled vetera...


Painter Admits to Paying $860K in Bribes

The 77-year-old owner of several Connecticut painting and contracting businesses has admitted to paying more than $860,000 in bribes to a public housing authority.


Contractor, Family Sentenced for Fraud

A California home-improvement contractor, his daughter and son-in-law have been sentenced for failing to pay payroll taxes and workers’ compensation insurance premiums.


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.


Undercover Sting Nets 75 Contractors

California-based painters were among 75 contractors nabbed in the state's latest round of undercover sting operations, aimed at cracking down on suspected unlicensed operators.


Contractor Charged in $81K Fraud Case

A former California-based general contractor is facing nearly 60 years behind bars in an alleged fraud scam on his employees that raked in more than $81,000, prosecutors announced.


Thief Busted by Green-Faced Giveaway

It’s not easy being green—especially for robbers doused with an invisible coating that turns them neon lime under ultraviolet light.


$71M Spent Before Navy Scrapped Sub

The U.S. Navy spent $71 million trying to repair a nuclear sub torched by a painter before deciding to scrap the vessel, a new report states.


Greeks Nab Architect Wanted in Collapse

A British architect wanted in connection with the 2005 collapse of a residential tower in Pakistan that killed 78 people has been arrested in Greece, according to numerous reports.


Navy to Scrap Painter-Torched Sub

Unable to foot a $700 million repair bill, the U.S. Navy has decided to scrap a nuclear submarine severely damaged last year in a blaze set by a painter.


Worker to be Tried in Architect's Death

An employee charged in the April beating death of internationally known architect Graham Downes will stand trial in California, authorities say.


Developer Gets Jail for Kickbacks

A New York City real estate developer will spend 22 months behind bars for siphoning off more than $200,000 in kickbacks from a general contractor on an affordable-housing project in Brookly...


Heroic Workers Thwart Robbery Attempt

A construction crew is being hailed for their heroic actions after capturing a robbery suspect who allegedly threatened a store clerk with a gun before taking the contents of her cash regist...


Contractor Bribes Government Official

A New Jersey contractor has pleaded guilty to bribing a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs official in order to obtain favorable contracts, according to the Justice Department.


Paint Ashes in Oven May Solve Case

Missing artwork worth tens of millions of dollars may have been burned in an oven in Romania, according to numerous reports.


Construction Giant on the Brink

One of Canada’s most powerful construction moguls and his companies are facing more than 900 charges of tax fraud that could carry millions of dollars in fines.


900+ Charges Rock Construction Empire

A notorious Quebec heavy-construction magnate with a long history of corruption charges has been slapped with hundreds of tax-fraud charges that could land him behind bars with millions of d...


Contractor Admits to Bribing Bank Rep

A New Jersey commercial contractor may spend 30 years behind bars and pay a fine of $1 million for his role in a bank bribery case.


Painting Can’t Extend This Pot Life

For one marijuana factory in Scotland, the smell of fresh paint just couldn’t mask the drug’s powerful odor.


Paint Exec Accused of Embezzling $700K

Aided only by a fake business name and letterhead, the former environmental manager of a North Carolina paint maker drained the company of more than $700,000 in just a few years, authorities...


Coatings EHS Chief Held in $700K Fraud

A former coatings company manager has been indicted on 47 counts of fraud, accused of faking a side business to embezzle hundreds of thousands of dollars from his employer.


FBI Impersonator Held in $225K Swindle

A former Ohio real-estate executive has been charged with impersonating a federal agent and diverting money from FBI construction contracts to defraud several companies of more than $225,000...


VT Contractor Charged in Fraud

A Vermont contractor hired to perform asbestos removal, insulation and other home-improvement work has been charged with pocketing more than $60,000 without completing the job.


Iconic Cathedral Targeted by Vandalism

Many college students want to leave their mark on their universities; however, one spray-paint-wielding student’s mark at the University of Pittsburgh may yield him a felony record.


Feds Arrest ‘Godfather’ of Contracts

A Department of Defense employee and self-proclaimed “Godfather” of construction contracts at California's Camp Pendleton has been charged with extorting bribes for contracts, federal prosec...


2 Indicted in Ft. Dix Scheme

Two construction managers are each facing up to 55 years behind bars and $750,000 in fines in an alleged scheme involving kickbacks and violence during a reconstruction project at Fort Dix i...


Painter Gets 17 Years for Sub Arson

A civilian painter has been sentenced to 17 years in prison and $400 million in restitution after setting fire to a U.S. Navy nuclear submarine last May, the U.S. District Attorney’s Office ...


Architect Pleads Guilty to Tax Fraud

A New Jersey-based architect has pleaded guilty to filing fraudulent tax returns on behalf of the architectural and engineering firm he owned and operated for more than 25 years.


NY Contractors Face $32M Fraud Case

Three top officials of a New York-based construction company are facing decades behind bars in an alleged scheme to defraud New York City School Construction Authority out of more than $32 m...


Workers Kidnap Contractor for Back Pay

Police in Israel have arrested three construction workers who allegedly kidnapped a contractor, demanding that he pay them NIS 40,000 ($10,865 USD) in back pay for a completed project.


Paint Store Manager Admits $168K Theft

A former Diamond Vogel paint store manager will serve up to four years in prison for siphoning off $168,000 from the operation he managed for 13 years.


Owner, Manager Face $1.2M Fraud Case

An Indiana-based general contractor and UPS facility manager are facing decades in prison in an alleged federal fraud scam that raked in more than $1.2 million, prosecutors say.


MD Man Sentenced in Paint Dumping Case

A Maryland man found guilty of dumping more than 100 cans of paint has been ordered to pay a fine and perform community service, according to authorities.


 
 
   

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