Wisconsin road construction executives were arrested Jan. 13 on bid rigging and
wire fraud charges for participating in a conspiracy involving projects let by
Wisconsin’s Department of Transportation, the Department of Justice announced.
projects, which included public road, highway, bridge, street and airport
construction, were worth more than $100 million to the state.
criminal complaints allege an ongoing conspiracy to rig numerous state road
construction projects,” said U.S. Attorney Steven Biskupic, the Eastern
District of Wisconsin.
Justice Department alleges that in telephone calls and in-person meetings, the
executives shared bid information, discussed potential competitors and agreed
to rig bids in an attempt to allocate projects among themselves.
department also alleges the four submitted rigged bids in electronic format
through interstate wire communications from the Eastern District of Wisconsin
to Florida. According to unsealed documents, James J. Maples, president of
Vinton Construction Co. of Manitowoc, WI; Michael J. Maples, vice president of
Vinton; Ernest J. Streu, president of Streu Construction Co. of Two Rivers, WI;
and John Streu, secretary and treasurer of Streu; rigged bids submitted to
WisDOT and others from as early as 1997 until the present.