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Contractors Settling DBE Fraud Cases Are Not Out of the Woods Yet

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Chris McCabe at Papubliccontracts.com has a post up about a two City of Philadelphia contractors, who reached settlement agreements with the City of Philadelphia related to alleged inaccurate invoices.

Essentially, the City of Philadelphia claimed that Aramark, a food services contractor, overstated the percentage of its overall contract being performed by a certified MBE.  Aramark claimed the MBE was performing 20% of the work, when actually the MBE was performing only about 4%.  Pursuant to the settlement agreement, the contractors agreed to pay the City $400,000.

These settling contractors should not breath a sigh of relief just yet however.  As I have mentioned before, any alleged inaccurate billing put a contractor and potentially the individual partaking in the inaccurate billing at risk for Federal prosecution for wire fraud, mail fraud, and fraud of a local government entity.