A minority owner of a trucking company that was supposed to be delivering materials for runway work at a Detroit area airport has been fined $12,000 for defrauding the federal government.
A press release from the U.S. DOT inspector general says Benjamin Marshall of BN&M trucking claimed falsely he did the work.
“Between January 2005 and December 2010, false claims on the above project were submitted indicating that runway services were provided by BN&M, when, in fact, they were provided by a non-DBE subcontractor and/or the prime contractor in violation of the DBE regulations and the False Claims Act,” according to the press release.
Of the work on projects that use federal funding, 10 percent is set aside for minorities and women under the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program.