FBI places priority on Big Dig investigation

| 9/13/2006

The FBI says its investigation into Boston’s $15 billion Big Dig project has become a “high priority” case that’s focusing on the project’s financing and whether officials ignored requirement to conduct crucial inspections.

The Boston Herald reports that between six and eight FBI agents are working on the case now, and that more agents have been promised if needed.

The probe began after the July 10 collapse of concrete ceiling panels that crushed a motorist to death in one of the Big Dig’s tunnels.

In a separate investigation, two contractors have pleaded guilty to hiring apprentices to do electrical work in the tunnels, while charging the higher journeyman hourly rates.