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August 4, 2014

Feds look for fraud in D.C. construction

  • City employees have directed the attention of federal investigators to joint ventures schemes where a small local partner gets paid but does none of the work.
    Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Federal investigators looking for fraud in the nation's capital are scrutinizing a program meant to give local contractors a share of major construction projects, people familiar with the probe have told The Associated Press.

    Three people in contact with investigators say the FBI and the U.S. Attorney's office are examining partnerships between local companies and outside firms that won multimillion-dollar contracts from the District of Columbia government. The people spoke on condition of anonymity to protect their business relationships.

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