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Paving company executive pleads
guilty in massive fraud case

Charlotte Observer, by By Michael Gordon and Elizabeth DePompei

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Posted By:Muncsdad, 7/22/2014 1:01:10 PM

A second Boggs Paving executive pleaded guilty Tuesday morning in connection with charges that the company received more than $87 million in road projects by misrepresenting the role a minority-owned contractor played in the work. Prosecutors say a third high-ranking company official will plead guilty on Wednesday. Kevin Hicks, the chief financial officer for the Monroe-based company, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud the U.S. Department of Transportation and conspiracy to launder money. He will be sentenced at a later date. Hicks, 43, of Monroe, faces up to 25 years in prison and a $750,000 fine.

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This is truly outrageous. These poor schlubs are going to the big house and their lives ruined while Elizabeth Warren serves in the US Senate and is running for president.

Misrepresenting minority status is what both did. How can thes race-based quotas be legal anyway?

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: grace1798, 7/22/2014 1:02:25 PM     (No. 9935458)

Fish rots from the head down. If their leader, United States President does it........why shouldn´t they?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: rosewater, 7/22/2014 1:14:58 PM     (No. 9935473)

If there weren´t these types of contract conditions, which are nothing more than redistributing wealth , this wouldn´t be happening. Unintended consequences.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: southron, 7/22/2014 1:55:03 PM     (No. 9935519)

This has been going on at least since the 1970s - maybe earlier - when I lived in New Orleans at that time several cases were caught - not because of government diligence but because disgruntled employees spilled the beans.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Carolina Kat, 7/22/2014 2:54:58 PM     (No. 9935587)

Actually not ´minority status´ - they claimed they were using DBE (disabled) companies to fill a portion of their subcontracting, but in fact falsified who was doing the work, putting fake stickers on the trucks, etc, and then getting kickbacks from the DBE they exaggerated about. There´s been a lot of work in CLT recently, so this is no small fry they have nabbed. Good on them. The FBI in Charlotte is cooking with gas these days.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: PAdiva, 7/22/2014 2:55:41 PM     (No. 9935589)

So they lied. No big deal anymore!
Maybe they should have given themselves bonuses after giving each other excellent performance reviews for inferior work. That´s OK. Just contact the VA for instructions.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: harleynyc, 7/22/2014 3:01:34 PM     (No. 9935600)

#4, you´re wrong- minority subcontractors known as DBEs (short for “disadvantaged business enterprise”) This is purely redistribution of wealth. Jobs for minority contractors, even if they work is slow and inferior, you have to hire them and be responsible for their shoddy results. It´s affirmative action in your face.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: secondtimelucky, 7/22/2014 3:01:56 PM     (No. 9935601)

paving, trucking and gov´t contracts. some businesses are just plain corruption magnets. trash/recycling biz is another...

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